§ Mr. Donald Thompson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will be making payments of grant to Calderdale metropolitan borough council to compensate it for emergency work undertaken in the light of flood damage on 19 and 20 May 1989.
§ Mr. Key
Yes. In the light of information provided by the council in December 1990, my right hon. Friend is satisfied that special financial assistance would be justified in the case. Accordingly the Secretary of State has decided, with the consent of the Treasury, to establish a scheme of assistance under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 in respect of expenditure relating to damage caused by flash floods in Calderdale in 1989. Grants will be paid to reimburse local authorities in the area of the Metropolitan borough of Calderdale for 75 per cent. of eligible costs above a threshold.