§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will break down into local authority areas the distribution of the £750 million budget announced in the autumn statement for the purchase of empty houses.
§ Sir George Young
[holding answer 4 December 1992]Of the £750 million package, £627 million is being spent in England. A total of £577 million has been allocated to the Housing Corporation for the purchase of empty, new and repossessed properties and £20 million for additional grants under the tenants incentive schemes—TIS. A total of £30 million is being allocated to local authorities for additional grants under the cash incentive scheme—CIS.
The resources for the purchase of empty properties are being allocated by the corporation to housing associations operating in a number of local authority areas. Around 75 per cent. of the money has now been allocated; the remainder will be allocated by early January. The distribution of the resources allocated so far is as follows:
£ million London and Home Counties (North East) 68.60 London and Home Counties (North West) 62.60 London and Home Counties (South) 84.33 West 59.20 East Midlands 42.10 West Midlands 34.20 North East 37.40 North West 31.40 Merseyside 6.80
The £20 million for additional TIS grants has been allocated by the corporation to its regions as follows:
£ million London and Home Counties (North East) 2.914 London and Home Cunties (North West) 3.735 London and Home Conties (South) 4.161 West 2.434 East Midlands 1.466 West Midlands 2.072 North East 1.326 North West 1.506 Merseyside 0.376
The £30 million for additional CIS grants will be spent in London and the south-east. Allocations to individual local authorities will be announced shortly.