HC Deb 18 December 1986 vol 107 c668W
Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his planned annual expenditure on urban regeneration grants.

Mr. John Patten

Urban regeneration grant will be paid under the authority of part III of the Housing and Planning Act 1986 towards the cost of regeneration programmes carried out by the private sector. The explanatory and financial memorandum to the Housing and Planning Bill estimated that there would in 1987–88 be voted expenditure under part III by the Department of the Environment in the range £10 million to £20 million. The level of expenditure in later years will depend upon the success of the initial programmes and the public expenditure provision that can be made.