HC Deb 28 February 1997 vol 291 cc458-9W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) how much the Government spent on(a) new social housing and (b) maintenance of social housing in (i) England, (ii) the west midlands and (iii) London between 1990 and 1996; [16551]

(2) how much the Government spent on (a) new social housing and (b) maintenance of social housing between 1990 and 1996; and what were the equivalent figures for other OECD countries. [16550]

Mr. Clappison

[holding answer 20 February 1997]: The available information on allocations for expenditure on social housing stock made by the government for the years 1990–91 to 1996–97 is set out in the table. Some of the resources allocated through the single regeneration budget challenge fund and city challenge will be used for investment in social housing but this element is not separately identified in the allocations made. Corresponding figures on a comparable basis for other OECD countries are not available.

£ million
1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97
Other local authority2 3 5 7 5 4 3 3
Management and maintenance allowances for local authority stock 207 214 225 229 231 240 249
Housing action trusts 2 6 11 14
1 Resources were provided for cash incentives schemes in 1990–91 and 1991–92 but within a package of measures directed at homelessness which are included in the 'other local authority' row.
2 Covers special programmes for homelessness, rural housing, energy efficiency, New Town defective dwellings, flats over shops and the Housing Partnership Fund.