§ Mr. Robert Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why Aberdeen city district council was advised by telephone by his Department that the amount of housing support grant is to be reduced by £500,000 on the day that the housing committee was to meet to discuss the district council's housing budget for 1981–82, namely, Monday 2 February; and if he will a statement.
§ Mr. Rifkind
I am not aware of the notification of any such reduction. The grant payable to the city of Aberdeen district council for 1981–82 is £8,443,900. This is the figure contained in the report which was laid before the House on 12 January 1981 along with the Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 1981. This information was made available to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities on 12 January 1981.