HC Deb 09 January 1985 vol 70 c472W
16. Mr. Pike

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to increase the housing investment programme allocations for the current year.

Mr. Gow

No. The resources available for investment in 1984–85 have already been allocated in full.

35. Mr. Fatchett

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to announce the housing investment programme allocation for 1985–86; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gow

I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Staffordshire, South-East (Mr. Lightbrown) on 18 December 1984 at column92. Local authorities were informed of their HIP allocations on 20 December 1984.

Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the national allocation for local authority housing investment programmes for each year since 1965; what has been the number of council houses built each year since then; and what are the estimates for both of these services for 1985.

Mr. Gow

Housing investment programme (HIP) allocations were first made for 1978–79. Details of the allocations for authorities in England for each year since then, together with the number of council houses completed, are shown as follows. The Department has made no estimate of the number of completions in 1985–86.

HIP allocations (£ million cash)* Council house completions (excluding New Towns)
1978–79 2,484 76,494
1979–80 2,544 70,017
1980–81 2,199 65,390
1981–82† 1,786 39,701
1982–83† 1,875 26,901
1983–84† 1,801 28,151
1984–85† 1,853 ‡19,621
1985–86† 1,600
*The initial total available for allocation in each year is as shown. A number of changes were made subsequently in some years.
†Since 1981–82, local authorities have been able to supplement their basic HIP allocations by the prescribed proportion of their capital receipts.
‡Provisional figures from April to November 1984 only.