HC Deb 25 June 1974 vol 875 c1393
Mr. Freeson

I beg to move Amendment No. 23, in page 59, line 34, after 'be' insert 'such as may be fixed by the local authority when they approve the application for the grant but shall not exceed'.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Oscar Murton)

With this Amendment it may be convenient to consider also Government amendments Nos. 24, 30 and 31.

Mr. Freeson

The amendments arise from a suggestion in Committee by my hon. Friend the Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Cunningham), which I accepted, namely, that since local authorities have discretion whether or not to approve special grants and repairs grants, it would be logical and consistent with the position relating to improvement grants to give them powers to fix the amount of special or repairs grants at less than the appropriate percentage.

The amendments have this effect by amending Clauses 63 and 65 so that if, for example, a local authority wished to approve a special grant in a housing action area at only 50 per cent. instead of 75 per cent. it would be open to it to do so.

Amendment agreed to.

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