§ Mr. Thornton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how he intends to ensure that the increased allocation for housing announced in the autumn statement is actually spent on physical construction work.
§ Sir George Young
The whole of the £200 million increase in gross capital provision for housing for 1986–87 announced in the Autumn Statement has been added to the planned level of local authority capital spending, from which the housing investment programme allocations for individual authorities have been derived. A high proportion of local authority capital spending is directly reflected in physical construction work, and it is on those types of capital expenditure that local authorities have been encouraged to concentrate.