§ Mr. Cawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list for each local authority(a) the amount collected as national non-domestic business rates, (b) the amount paid back to the local authority via Government grant and (c) the net gain or loss in the current financial year. 
§ Ms Armstrong
I have today placed in the Library of the House a table showing(a) the amounts calculated by English billing authorities as their provisional contribution to the non-domestic rates pool for 1998–99, and (b) the amounts of redistributed non-domestic rates payable to each receiving authority in England for 1998–99.
The two amounts cannot be compared directly because (i) contributions to the non-domestic rates pool are made by billing authorities (eg London boroughs and district councils), whereas redistributed non-domestic rates are paid to all receiving authorities (including preceptors such as county councils and police authorities); (ii) the total redistributed from the pool includes amounts other than those received from billing authorities—ie payments in lieu of rates from Crown properties, payments from properties on the Central List, and Exchequer contributions to compensate the pool for income forgone as a result of transitional schemes.