HC Deb 27 March 1961 vol 637 cc1087-90
[Queen's Recommendation signified.]
Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 84 (Money Committees).
[Major Sir WILLIAM ANSTRUTHER-GRAY in the Chair]
That, for the purpose of any Act of the present Session to make further arrangements for the giving of financial assistance for the
provision of housing accommodation, it is expedient to authorise payments out of the Consolidated Fund and out of money provided by Parliament, payments into the Exchequer, and the borrowing of money, under the following heads.
- (1) The payment out of money provided by Parliament of annual exchequer subsidies, or equivalent payments, in respect of every dwelling approved by the Minister of Housing and Local Government and provided by—
- (a) a local authority, or
- (b) a development corporation or the Commission for the New Towns, or
- (c) a housing association in pursuance of arrangements made with a local authority or the Minister.
- (2) The payment out of money provided by Parliament of annual exchequer subsidies, or equivalent payments, in respect of the site of
any approved dwelling, where the cost of the site as developed exceeds four thousand pounds.
- B. The issue out of the Consolidated Fund of such sums as may be required for the purpose of making advances not exceeding twenty-five million pounds to housing associations providing housing accommodation for letting; and the borrowing in any manner authorised under the National Loans Act, 1939, and payment into the Exchequer of any money needed for providing or repaying such sums and the repayment into the Exchequer, with interest, of any such sums and their re-issue out of the Consolidated Fund.
- C. The payment out of money provided by Parliament of sums becoming so payable in consequence of amending existing enactments as follows.
- (1) The Town Development Act, 1952:
- (a) the raising of the maximum annual contribution payable by the Minister in respect of a dwelling provided in the course of town development;
- (b) the designation of development carried out wholly or partly in a county borough as town development and as development within section two of the Act of 1952.
- (2) The Housing Act, 1957:
- (a) the extension of the Minister's power to contribute to the expenses of a central association for housing associations;
- (b) the extension of section one hundred and seventy-five of the Act of 1957 regarding the Minister's default powers.
- (3) The Housing (Financial Provisions) Act, 1958:
- (a) the extension of the definition of a hostel in respect of which contributions are payable by the Minister;
- (b) the extension of the Minister's power to make contributions for hostels so as to
include hostels provided by housing associations under arrangements made with the Minister;
- (c) the relaxation of the requirements as to which a local authority must be satisfied before approving an application for an improvement grant;
- (d) the extension of the power to apply certain enactments to the Isles of Scilly so as to include power to apply the provisions of the said Act of the present Session.
- (4) The House Purchase and Housing Act, 1959:
- (a) the relaxation of the requirements as to which a local authority must be satisfied before approving an application for a standard grant;
- (b) the re-definition of standard amenities.
- (5) The New Towns Act, 1959:
- The raising of the limit on the annual grant for a dwelling provided by the Commission for the New Towns payable in addition to annual exchequer subsidies.
- D. The payment out of money provided by Parliament of any increase attributable to the said Act of this Session in—
- (a) the sums required by the Minister for making payments to local authorities under Part I of the Requisitioned Houses and Housing (Amendment) Act, 1955, and
- (b) the sums payable by way of Rate-deficiency Grant or Exchequer Equalisation Grant under the enactments relating to local government in England and Wales or in Scotland.
- E. The payment into the Exchequer of any sum received by the Minister by virtue of the said Act of this Session.—[Mr. H. Brooke.]
Resolution to be reported.
Report to be received Tomorrow.