§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether his Department has, during the last five years, including the current financial year, ever awarded less than a full year's funding, excluding start-up costs, under its grant-making powers contained in section 16 of the Housing and Planning Act 1986 and section 73 of the Housing Act 1985.
§ Mr. Trippier
Yes. In 1987–88, the first year in which grants under section 16 were available, they were awarded for the latter part of that year. In 1988–89, some section 16 grants were for less than a full year. In the period in question, with the exception of the current year, grants under section 73 have all been for a full year.