HC Deb 29 January 1981 vol 997 cc513-4W
Mr. Heddle

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer on 3 December 1980, how he now proposes to promote improvement for sale schemes in 1980–81.

Mr. Stanley

An allocation of £5 million has already been made available this year to the Housing Corporation for pilot improvement for sale schemes by housing associations. An additional sum of £3 million has now been allocated separately to local authorities for approved expenditure in 1980–81 on pilot schemes for improvement for sale, and also on schemes for the sale of unimproved properties for improvement by private sector purchasers—"homesteading". If expenditure on the schemes concerned is incurred in 1981–82 it will be a charge on the authority's capital expenditure allocation in the normal way.

The details of these allocations for expenditure in 1980–81 which are based on authorities' bids are as follows:

Improvement for Sale
Northern Region
Newcastle 40,000
South Tyneside 8,000
Berwick 20,000
Wansbeck 15,000
Stockton 18,000
North-West Region
Liverpool 160,000
Tameside 9,000
Bolton 130,000
Blackburn 110,000
Oldham 66,000
Bury 50,000
Manchester 20,000
Pendle 4,000
South-West Region
Mid-Devon 9,000
Torridge 25,000
Yorkshire and Humberside Region
Scunthorpe 28,750
Craven 88,000
Greater London Region
Merton 60,000
Newham 45,000
West Midlands Region
Wolverhampton 200,000
Walsall 20,000
Malvern Hills 20,000
Rugby 34,000
Bridgnorth 40,000
The Werkin 100,000
Birmingham 660,000
Sandwell 15,000
Lichfield 17,000
Eastern Region
East Herts 10,000
Mid-Suffolk 16,000
Waveney 12,000
East Midlands Region
Charnwood 15,000
Ashfield 75,000
Manchester 180,000
Peterborough City 50,000
High Peak 5,000
Rochdale 50,000
Greater London Council 575,250