§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will increase the resources available for housing in the London borough of Newham; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir George Young
As I said in a reply to the hon. Member on 25 November, we have not had a bid from Newham council for an additional housing capital allocation for 1982–83.—[Vol. 32, c.562]. The housing investment programme capital allocations for 1983–84 were announced on 25 November and the allocation for Newham was £20.299 million. If the council's expenditure exceeds that allocation, and its spending on home improvement grants during 1983–84 exceeds an indicative figure of £3.3 million, an additional HIP allocation will be made available, as explained by my hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Construction in his answer of 14 December to my hon. Friend the Member for Reading, North (Mr. Durant).—[Vol. 34, c. 104].