§ Mr. Cyril Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many local 444W authority schemes for the building of new community homes were approved, and how many disapproved, in 1974.
§ Dr. Owen
As my Department's capital programmes are based on financial and not calendar years, the following information relates to the financial year 1974–75.
Provisional approval was given for 89 new or replacement community homes to be included in the Department's capital programme for 1974–75. Of these, 31 have so far been given final approval for the purposes of key sector loan sanction.
If any of the remaining projects do not receive final approval before 31st March 1975 they will be transferred into the programme for 1975–76 if the authorities concerned still wish the schemes to proceed.
None of the selected projects so far submitted for final approval has been rejected.