HC Deb 27 April 1981 vol 3 c331W
Mr. Murphy

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the progress being made in settling the section 10 claims for Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield resulting from the New Towns (Amendment) Act 1976; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The National Building Agency has been commissioned to report on the claims submitted by Welwyn Hatfield district council and other authorities for grant under section 10 towards the cost of remedial work. Its final report is due by May next year and my right hon. Friend aims to reach a settlement as soon as possible thereafter. He is also considering separately the question of assistance in cases where demolition of former new town housing is more economic than repair, and hopes to take a decision on this aspect shortly.