HC Deb 04 May 1976 vol 910 cc322-3W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will undertake a feasibility study of the possibility of establishing national machines for advertising and arranging transfers of council tenants.

Mr. Armstrong

Ways of facilitating the movement of local authority tenants are already being reviewed as part of the work of the Housing Services Advisory Group.

Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those independent commercial bureaux known to him operating exchange arrangements for council tenants and what charge they make.

Mr. Armstrong

I am aware that commercial exchange bureaux have been set up, but my Department has no direct contact with them and I have no information about their charges.No applications were received in 1974. Schemes accepted for grant so far are as follows:

Company Amount £ Grant aided facilities
1975 Containerbase (Liverpool) Ltd., Bootle 198,000 Sidings, 2 cranes, tractor, hard standing, floodlighting, drainage.
Stockton Haulage Ltd., Stranraer* 66,900 2 cranes and ancillary equipment, fork lift truck, tractor, hard standing and roadways, control office.
Sheerness Steel Co. Ltd., Sheerness 218,500 Crane, rail weighbridge, sidings and new main line connection, wagons.
1976 Dower Wood &Co. Ltd. 9,500 Rail weighbridge.
Forth Ports Authority, Leith Docks, Edinburgh* 303,000 Coal handling conveyors, under-ground chambers, sidings, ancillary electrical equipment, internal road diversion.
T. I. Chesterfield Ltd., Chesterfield 17,900 Siding, side loader.
Robert Smith & Sons Ltd., Birkenhead 220,000 Sidings, 3 cranes, land, hard standing, signalling equipment, floodlighting, drainage.
* Approved by Secretary of State for Scotland.