HC Deb 27 January 1986 vol 90 c414W
Mr. Thornton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will estimate the net and gross amounts spent on repairing the public sector housing stock from (a) the capital account and (b) the current account for each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

Expenditure on renovation and repair by local authorities in England has been as follows:

Capital £ million Current £ million
1979–80 723 691
1980–81 670 863
1981–82 619 939
1982–83 951 1,052
1983–84 1,131 1,199
1984–85 *1,240 *1,254
* Estimated.

These figures relate to expenditure by local authorities on their own stock: they do not include expenditure by housing associations or new towns. It is not possible to provide figures for net capital expenditure on renovation and repairs because it is not known what proportion of such expenditure is funded from capital receipts. Nor is there an appropriate definition of 'net' current expenditure for this purpose.