§ Mr. Sutcliffe
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authorities have asked for the 82W Special Environmental Assistance Scheme to be extended beyond 30th June 1973 and what reply he has given.
§ Mr. Rippon
About 20 local authorities and two representative associations of authorities have made specific requests that this scheme should be extended. There have also been a number of suggestions and inquiries. Inquiries have been told the working of the scheme is under review but that it is not possible at present to say whether it can be extended. That is still the position.