HC Deb 29 January 1981 vol 997 c512W
Mrs. Ann Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what extra funds he intends to make available to local authorities to enable them to make essential repairs and modernisation on their empty properties.

Mr. Stanley

For 1980–81 I refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to the hon. Member for Lichfield and Tamworth (Mr. Heddle) today regarding an additional allocation of £3 million for pilot improvement for sale schemes and homesteading. For 1981–82 authorities will be able, subject to existing commitments, to devote to this activity whatever proportion they choose of their total annual allocation for capital expenditure on all services. They will be able for the first time, to supplement their housing allocation by amounts based on their housing and non-housing capital receipts.