§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to extend the scope of section II of the Local Government Act 1966 to include within its remit non-commonwealth refugees.
§ Mr. John Patten
The possibility of legislative changes, which would be necessary if the scope of the grant under section II of the Local Government Act 1966 were to be extended to cover communities from outside the Commonwealth, was within the terms of reference of the scrutiny of the grant system which my right hon. Friend announced in reply to a question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Brent, North (Sir R. Boyson) on 26 May 1988 at column 279. My right hon. Friend is at present studying the report of the scrutiny.