HC Deb 04 July 1978 vol 953 c130W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he first received an application from the chief executive of the London borough of Newham for approval of 24 payments under section 161 of the Local Government Act 1972; when he replied; and what was the nature of his reply.

Mr. Guy Barnett

Eighteen applications for the Secretary of State's sanction under section 161(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 to make ex-gratia payments in lieu of home loss payments were received from the London borough council of Newham in October 1977. The council was asked that month for additional information; a reply was received in April 1978, together with six further applications. Further clarification was requested in May 1978; the council replied on 22nd June; that letter is now being studied.