§ Mr. Golding
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council concerning the maximum allowable cost of improvement works; what has been his reply; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Eyre
The council has represented that the present limit on the allowable cost of improvements to local authority dwellings is inadequate and should be increased. A meeting has been held with officials of the council and a reply to their letter will shortly be sent. No increase in the limit is at present proposed. The matter is, however, shortly to be discussed with representatives of the local authority associations in the course of consultations on the proposals in the recent White Paper "Better Homes—The Next Priorities".