§ Dr. Edmund Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much Government expenditure in 1975–76 was directed towards housing associations; and what are the latest estimates of the corresponding figures for 1976–77 and 1977–78.
§ Mr. Freeson
Total public expenditure—loans and grants—on housing associations was £344 million in 1975–76 and the provision for 1976–77 and 1977–78 is now likely to be £395 million and £348 million respectively. But we are considering in consultation with the Housing Corporation ways in which it might raise private loan finance so as to reduce the impact of the £57 million cut in the provision for 1977–78.