§ Dr. John Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will exempt work planned by Cope-land borough council to repair its 60-year-old houses at Coach Road, White-haven, tenanted by many elderly and infirm people, from his moratorium on council spending; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
My right hon. Friend is considering the scope for further housing capital expenditure during 1980–81 in the light of information provided by local authorities in response to circular 19/80. He will announce his decision as soon as possible. In the meantime, I cannot exempt the Coach Road, Whitehaven scheme from the standstill on new housing commitments.