§ Mr. Redmond
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what provision he intends to make in his proposals for the rate support grant penalty system for expenditure incurred by local authorities under agreements with internal drainage boards; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
Several authorities have made representations to my right hon. Friend under section 8(4) of the Local Government Finance Act 1982 for this expenditure to be disregarded in assessing authorities' liability to grant abatement. My right hon. Friend is considering them.