HC Deb 03 May 1962 vol 658 c1198
30. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs which local authorities will have their housing subsidies reduced from £22 to £8 per house per annum; and which will have them increased to £24.

Mr. Rippon

My right hon. Friend is not in a position to give this information, as the relevant financial details which will determine the amount of subsidy payable to each individual authority are not yet available.

Mr. Allaun

Is it not a fact that cities with such terrible housing problems as in Newcastle and Liverpool will go down to the £8 a year subsidy whereas places like Bournemouth will go up? Is it not also a fact that even if the subsidy were raised to £50 a year it would still not cover the extra burden imposed by the Government's higher interest rates?

Mr. Rippon

I think that we discussed this fairly fully yesterday. My right hon. Friend explained how the subsidy could move up from £8 to £24, or even to £40, and showed that an authority extending its slum clearance programme, which is what we want it to do, would very often be able to get the higher subsidy.

Mr. Fernyhough

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that, although some local authorities want to expand slum clearance programmes, they are not getting the necessary go-ahead signal from the Minister and that the Minister himself is cutting them down?

Mr. Rippon

As with education, we have to consider what is put forward and what is allowed in relation to what can be done.