§ Mr. Irving
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the exact amount of the rate support grant for Gloucestershire county council in (a) 1985–86 and (b) 1986–87, showing for 1986–87 what it was (i) before and (ii) after the grant recycling.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
[pursuant to her reply, 11 April 1986]: The latest estimate of Gloucestershire county council's block grant entitlement (a) for 1985–86 is £66.738 million under the second supplementary report, (b) for 1986–87 is £62.794 million under the rate support grant report (England) 1986. Current estimates suggest that some £630 million could be available for grant recycling. A supplementary RSG report is needed to adjust the block grant poundage schedule to distribute this money on the proper basis. In the meantime all the money is already being paid to authorities as a single percentage enhancement of their grant entitlement. On this basis Gloucestershire county council's grant rises to £67.967 million.