§ Mr. Chris Smith
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) whether he has any plans to bring forward proposals to change the basis of current expenditure controls on local authorities in England;
(2) whether he intends to instigate a review of the present basis of current expenditure controls on local authorities in England; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
The Green Paper, "Paying for Local Government", reviews the present system of local government finance and makes proposals for reform. These aim to make local accountability the main determinant of expenditure and priorities in local services.