§ Mr. Dewar
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of the total expenditure and of revenue expenditure of local authorities in Scotland is met by domestic, commercial and industrial ratepayers, respectively, in the latest year for which figures are available; and what he estimates these figures will be in the year 1985–86.
§ Mr. Younger
Figures based on budget information for 1984–85 contained in the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy publication "Rating Review" are set out below. A provisional estimate for 1985–86 has also been provided.194W
Percentage of total local authority expenditure met by: 1984–85 per cent. 1985–86 per cent. Domestic ratepayers 15.9 17.8 Commercial ratepayers 12.7 13.6 Industrial ratepayers 4.9 4.8
1. For the purpose of this question, total local authority expenditure is relevant expenditure for rate support grant purposes, including loan charges, total rate fund contributions to the Housing Revenue Account and total rate fund contributions to other non-relevant services.
2. The domestic rate income figure used in the calculations excludes the domestic element of rate support grant.