§ Mr. Arthur Jones
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in considering the allocation of resources to local authorities, special consideration is given to those counties in which town expansion schemes exist and new towns are sited, having regard to the fact that they are performing a service for London and the nation as a whole.
§ Mr. Guy Barnett
Yes. The special claims of all areas are taken into account in considering the allocation of available resources. In particular, where a county faces an undue financial burden to meet the expenditure needs of a new town, the development corporation can make a contribution to mitigate this, using powers under Section 3(3) of the New Towns Act 1965.