§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations his Department has received concerning the funding of the proposed construction of a Chinese archway in Manchester; what reply he has sent; if urban programme funding on the scale needed will now be approved; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
A proposal for joint funding by Manchester city council and GMC using urban programme funds has been received from the city council. The GMC has yet to resolve whether to support that application, and despite repeated requests the city council has failed to submit its full inner area programme for urban programme funding in 1985–86. I am not in a position to reach a decision until the local authorities concerned resolve the outstanding matters and come forward with firm proposals.