§ Mr. Hardy
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many deputations from local authorities wishing to discuss the Housing Finance Act have been received by himself or his ministerial colleagues during the last six months; and how many requests for such meetings have been refused.
§ Mr. Channon
A number of local authorities have raised points on the Housing Finance Act during the last six 511W months; in about 40 instances a deputation from the authority was received. Ten of these deputations were received by a Minister; in the remainder, the discussions were held with the Department. In no case has an authority seeking to discuss a problem arising out of the implementation of the Act been refused the opportunity to do so.