§ 22. Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the support he makes available for local authorities to upgrade facilities for elderly persons' accommodation. 
§ Mr. Clappison
Local authority housing investment programme allocations total over £1.2 billion for 1996–97. Local authorities also use resources from revenue and useable capital receipts for capital expenditure on housing. In 1995–96, this totalled £1.1 billion. It is up to local authorities to use these resources efficiently and effectively to address their local housing needs, including those of the elderly.