§ Mr. Ian Mikardo (Bow and Poplar)
I beg leave to present the humble petition of the committee of the Medway residents association in Bow, which showeth that the instructions given by your honourable House to the Committee on the Greater London Council (Money) (No. 2) Bill may result in large cuts in the GLC's housing improvement programme: That the experience of our area has demonstrated the great benefits brought by this programme: That as a result of the proposed amendment, the General Improvement Area status for this and many other parts of London is threatened: That Environment Improvement Grants are also threatened: That the withdrawal of these funds may undo much of the good work that has already been done: That this work has been very effective in improving the housing stock, living conditions and general environment in inner city areas like our own, and that the Government have often expressed their commitment to such improvement: that these improvements would never have been achieved without the assistance of the GLC.
Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable House will amend the Greater London Council (Money) (No. 2) Bill at the earliest opportunity to ensure that the threat to GLC housing improvement programme is removed so that the progress already achieved can be consolidated.
Your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.
§ To lie upon the Table.