HC Deb 04 November 1993 vol 231 c329W
Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total expenditure provided in direct grant from central Government to local authorities for council house replacement since the introduction of the right to buy.

Sir George Young

[holding answer 26 October 1993]: The provision of new social housing is now mainly the responsibility of housing associations, with local authorities increasingly concentrating on the management of their existing stock and on their broad enabling role. Central Government support to local authorities for these activities is provided through credit approvals. The amounts provided since 1981–82 are given in the table below. The figures for 1990–91 and subsequent years are not directly comparable with those for earlier years because of the revisions to the capital finance system introduced in April 1990. Local authorities can supplement these resources with spending from usable capital receipts and from revenue.

Local authority credit approval allocations1
1981–82 1,795
1982–83 2,192
1983–84 2,233
1984–85 1,852
1985–86 1,605
1986–87 1,459
1987–88 1,400
1988–89 1,331
1989–90 1,095
1990–91 1,561
1991–92 1,705
1992–93 1,538
1993–94 1,375
1 Allocations for the years up to and including 1989–90 are final allocations, i.e. the initial allocation plus any increases made in-year. The allocation figures for 1990–91 and subsequent years are the credit approval provision figures for those years.