§ 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 Homesteading Manchester 180,000 Peterborough City 50,000 High Peak 5,000 Rochdale 50,000 Greater London Council 575,250