HC Deb 05 July 1971 vol 820 cc276-7W
Mr. Freeson

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the budgeted expenditure by his Department on housing improvement grants and general improvement area environmental grants in each of the regions of Great Britain for the year 1971 and the estimated expenditure for 1972 and 1973.

Mr. Amery

For estimates of total public expenditure on housing in Great Britain, I would refer the hon. Member to the White Paper on Public Expenditure (Cmnd. 4578) of January, 1971. No breakdown by region or by category of housing expenditure is available, but there is no doubt that as a result of our efforts the number of improvement grants approved has increased substantially in every region and this will be reflected in higher levels of expenditure on all aspects of improvement work in the years in question.