HC Deb 31 January 1979 vol 961 cc434-5W
23. Sir William Elliott

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authorities are taking action to implement the Inner Urban Areas Act.

Mr. Shore

The seven partnerships and the 15 programme authorities in England have prepared their inner area programmes for the coming three financial years. These cover the use they propose to make of the powers under the Act. Of the 43 designated districts in England, nine have so far notified me that they have declared improvement areas under the Act. A further 13 have consulted informally with my officials about possible future declarations.

24. Mr. Lawrence

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the present local government machinery for dealing with inner urban area problems.

Mr. Shore

Yes, but I shall keep it under review.