§ Mr. Allen McKay
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the 55W Government cutbacks in local government finance, if he will review the decision that Sheffield's debts, caused by the nature of contracts agreed by the council and dating back to 1972 should be paid off in full during 1979–80, in view of the fact that the money is earmarked for homes for the elderly and improved fire safety standards.
§ Sir George Young
The total personal social services capital allocation for 1979–80 has been distributed and it is now for each authority to manage its allocation as it sees fit. Sheffield's allocation is significantly greater than that warranted on the basis of its population. If Sheffield has to meet additional costs arising from projects started in previous years, it may do so this year from its 1979–80 capital allocation or from revenue; or it may treat them as its first priority against next year's allocation. This is for it to decide.