§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what steps he is taking to assist with the renovation of housing stock in(a) Eden, (b) Carlisle and (c) Allerdale districts. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
In common with housing authorities across the country, Eden, Carlisle and Allerdale receive resource allocations under the Housing Investment Programme for that purpose. In addition, Carlisle and Allerdale also benefit from the Capital Receipts Initiative. Allocations for the year 1998–99 are as follows:
£ Housing investment programme Capital receipts initiative Allerdale 1,884,000 713,000 Carlisle 1,543,000 1,240,000 Eden 799,000 Nil
Eden does not receive resources from the Capital Receipts Initiative since it is a "debt free" authority, and is therefore, unlike most authorities, able to use any capital receipts it generates to invest directly according to its local priorities.
In addition, the Government have acknowledged the particular need to address investment on Allerdale's Salterbeck estate by this year approving Estates Renewal Challenge Fund bid, with provisional approval being given grant to just under £4m over the next three years.