§ Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the Government's intentions concerning capital allocations in 1984–85 to district councils for (a) renovation grants and (b) repair grants; and what action district councils can take to prevent renovation and repair grants approved in 1983–84 within the approved capital allocation instead being taken up in the financial year 1984–85 for which the council concerned does not know its capital allocations.
§ Sir George Young
Local authorities have already been assured that their 1984–85 housing investment programme allocations will be at least 80 per cent. of those for 1983–84. I accept, however, that authorities are keen to have still firmer indications of available resources next year, especially for home improvement grants. My right hon. Friend is considering whether there are any further assurances which he can usefully give about resources for expenditure on home improvement grants next year.