§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what additional financial assistance can be given to local authorities to enable them to step up their home modernisation programmes for pre-war houses; and what proportion of resources for additional construction work in inner city areas can be made available for this purpose.
§ Mr. Hugh D. Brown
Resources available for capital expenditure on local authorities' housing revenue accounts have been increased following the Chancellor's statement of 26th October. Authorities will shortly be given provisional allocations for such expenditure in 1978–79. These will cover both new building and modernisation, among other things, and it will be for authorities themselves to decide in the context of their housing plans, how to apportion their resources between these activities. Normal arrangements for Government subsidy will apply. Full weight will be given to inner city needs when the resources are allocated.