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1 Dec 1994 : Column WA57

ELECTION CANDIDATES: BALLOT PAPER DESCRIPTION

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will introduce legislation to prohibit candidates for parliamentary, European parliamentary, and local government elections from using misleading and deceptive descriptions in ballot papers; and, if not, why not.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): An election petition relating to this matter has recently been considered by an election court and I understand that the case is still sub judice. However, we shall read the court's decision with interest and consider it carefully.

POLICE GRANTS: PROPOSALS

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they intend to announce the allocations of police grant for individual police authorities in 1995-96; and what are the implications of this for the overall funding of police authorities in that year.

Baroness Blatch: We have today put a copy of our proposals for the allocation of police grant for 1995-96 in the Library. Proposals are also being announced today by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Environment for police standard spending assessments and special grants in England and by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Wales for police standard spending assessments in Wales. The table below shows by police force area the total effect of all these proposals for 1995-96.

Police Force Area 1995-96 Funding £ million
English Forces
Avon and Somerset 146.67
Bedfordshire 55.28
Cambridgeshire 62.24
Cheshire 93.49
Cleveland 70.17
Cumbria 54.33
Derbyshire 87.71
Devon and Cornwall 145.14
Dorset 62.24
Durham 68.09
Essex 146.27
Gloucestershire 55.93
Hampshire 168.17
Hertfordshire 87.24
Humberside 92.27
Kent 157.89
Lancashire 157.62
Leicestershire 89.34
Lincolnshire 57.08
Norfolk 70.36
North Yorkshire 66.71
Northamptonshire 55.80
Nottinghamshire 109.51
Staffordshire 100.51
Suffolk 57.95
Surrey 85.06
Sussex 144.78
Thames Valley 192.72
Warwickshire 47.67
West Mercia 97.22
Wiltshire 58.67
English Shires Total 2,949.13
English Metropolitan Forces
Greater Manchester 324.38
Merseyside 214.73
Northumbria 177.97
South Yorkshire 146.22
West Midlands 326.90
West Yorkshire 249.30
English Metropolitan Total 1,439.50
Metropolitan Police 1,628.56
City of London 57.27
English Total 6,074.46
Welsh Forces
Dyfed-Powys 44.22
Gwent 47.40
North Wales 62.85
South Wales 146.24
Welsh Total 300.71
Total 6,375.17

(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10,000.


NON-DOMESTIC RATES: DISTRIBUTABLE AMOUNT

Lord Broughan and Vaux asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Wether they will explain the basis of his calculations of the distributable amount of non-domestic rates for 1995-96.

Viscount Ullswater: The distributable amount of non-domestic rates in England for 1995-96 will be £11,354 million. This is based on a non-domestic rate multiplier of 0.432 and includes an allowance of £505 million for an Exchequer payment to the non-domestic rates pool to compensate for the shortfall which would otherwise occur as a result of regulations to be made under Section 58 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 which will phase in the effects of the 1995 revaluation on rate bills. The calculations for 1995-96, and the prior-year figures on which this is based, are set out in the table below:


National non-domestic rates--calculation of distributable amount

1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96
Outturn Outturn Outturn Provisional outturn In-year contribution Estimated in-year contribution
£ million £ million £ million £ million £ million £ million
1. Income from Local Lists
Multiplier 0.348 0.386 0.402 0.416 0.423 0.432
Gross Rate Yield 10,301 12,033 12,270 12,357 12,491 12,908
i) Beliefs
a) Net Transitional Relief -182 -142 -395 -480 -548 -477
b) Empty properties -710 -964 -1,162 -1,174 -1,214 -1,303
c) Charitable -240 -305 -318 -352 -402 -435
d) Discretionary -12 -16 -20 -21 -19 -20
Net Yield after reliefs 9,157 10,607 10,374 10,329 10,308 10,673
ii) Collection Costs/Reductions to Contributions
a) Costs of collection -43 -46 -67 -68 -69 -75
b) Losses on collection -121 -203 -200 -192 -170 -190
c) City of London offset -29 -30 -31 -25 -7 -7
Total contribution in respect of year 8,964 10,329 10,075 10,045 10,063 10,401
iii) Adjustments
a) Repayments/interest/Late rating adjustments 0 27 -254 -957 -888 -349
b) Revisions to contributions at outturn (94/5 only) 0 0 0 0 -211 0
Total adjustments 0 27 -254 -957 -1,100 -349
Net Local Yield 8,964 10,355 9,821 9,088 8,963 10,052
2. Income from Central List
Net Central List Yield 1,016 1,100 1,098 1,095 1,118 1,151
3. Income from Crown Contributions in Aid
Net Crown Yield 610 463 462 445 507 540
Total Yield 10,590 11,918 11,381 10,627 10,588 11,743
Total NDR Yield 4. Exchequer Contributions
a) Local List Transition 0 0 271 591 435 477
b) Central List/Crown 0 0 27 42 20 28
Total Exchequer contributions 0 0 298 633 455 505
Total pool NNDR payments (1+2+3+4) 10,590 11,918 11,679 11,261 11,043 12,248
5. Adjustments
Surplus brought forward 0 162 -328 -954 -1,253 -894
Combined total 10,590 12,080 11,352 10,306 9,790 11,354
Distributable amount 10,429 12,408 12,306 11,559 10,685 11,354
Surplus carried forward 162 -328 -954 -1,253 -894

Notes:

(1) Item 1: The gross calculated rate yield represents the average value of non-domestic hereditaments on local rating lists times the multiplier. For 1990-91 to 1993-94 the yield is the amount recorded in the post-end year (NNDR3) returns. For 1994-95 it is the amount underlying authorities' provisional contributions to the non-domestic rating pool including the prescribed amount for Enterprise Zones.

(2) Item 1(i)(a): The transitional decrease adjustment includes the estimated amount of rates that will not be recouped locally due to the revised transitional arrangements under the provisions of the Non-Domestic Rating Acts 1992, 1993 and 1994.

(3) Item 1(i)(b): The empty property relief adjustments include voids and partially occupied hereditaments. Figures up to 1994-95 are as reported by authorities. The 1995-96 figure includes allowances for the increase in the gross rates yield and for economic recovery.

(4) Item 1(i)(c): Charitable rate relief for 1995-96 includes an allowance for the increase in the gross rates yield.

(5) Item 1(i)(d): Discretionary relief granted to charities, non-profit making organisations and for other reasons, for 1995-96 includes an allowance for the increase in the gross rates yield.

(6) Item 1(ii)(a) and (b): The allowance for the costs and losses incurred by local authorities in collecting non-domestic rates from ratepayers, including the latest estimates of additional billing and software costs arising from the non-domestic rating acts.

(7) Item 1(ii)(c): City Offset--a preliminary estimate for 1995-96 (£6.5m) of the amount which the City of London will not be required to pay into the non-domestic rating pool on account of the local rate in the City. It is the amount which will be retained by the authority to meet its own expenditure.

(8) Item 1(iii)(a): Net adjustment in respect of appeals and other amendments to the rating list affecting liability for previous year's rates settled in that year.

(9) Item 1(iii)(b): The revisions to contributions line applies only to estimated outturn revisions to the provisional contributions for 1994-95. For earlier years all figures are already based upon the outturn contributions.

(10) Item 2: The rateable value of non-domestic hereditaments on the central rating list times the multiplier, and adjusted for appeals and other changes in respect of previous years. The 1995-96 figure is calculated as the estimated Rateable Value of £2,803m times the multiplier, less the effect of the transitional arrangements.

(11) Item 3: The 1995-96 figure for crown properties includes an allowance for the effect of transition.

(12) Item 4(a) and (b): The contribution from central Government to offset the amount of the Secretary of State's estimate of income foregone arising from the provisions of the Non-Domestic Rating Acts 1992, 1993 and 1994.

(13) Where figures have been rounded there may be a small discrepancy between totals and the sum of constituent items.




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