§ 34. Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he intends to maintain the 85 per cent. grant to local authorities for the clearance of derelict sites.
§ Mr. Graham Page
Grant at 85 per cent. is payable in the development areas, and this will be maintained, as my right hon. Friend told the hon. Member in answer to a Question on 25th November.
§ Mr. Hamilton
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that is a very satisfactory answer as far as it goes but is there not still a vast amount of work to be done in this field? What active steps are the Government taking positively to encourage local authorities to get on with the job?
§ Mr. Blenkinsop
As the Prime Minister himself has said that fresh steps are to be taken to increase the total amount of dereliction clearing, why does not the Minister announce an increase to 100 per cent. grant, in these special cases?