§ Mr. Murphy
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what factors have led to a decrease in the rate support grant for Welwyn Hatfield district for the year 1983–84; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
The latest estimates of the rate support grants payable to Welwyn Hatfield district council are:
1982–83 £ 1983–84 £ Block grant 770,165 511,430 Domestic rate relief grant 1,726,421 1,749,860 Rate Support Grants 2,496,586 2,261,290
The main reasons for the decrease in Welwyn Hatfield's block grant are a reduction in the council's grant related expenditure assessment; an increase in the council's expenditure in relation to GRE; abatement of its grant for spending in excess of its expenditure target; and the payment of block grant direct to the Receiver for the Metropolitan police district for the first time in 1983–84.