§ Mr. Loyden
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what was the cost of damage caused by storms over the New Year period;
- (2) if he will consider making additional finance available to meet the cost of repairing the widespread damage to local authority houses;
- (3) what was the cost to central Government of providing finance to local authorities to meet the cost of storm damage;
- (4) how many applications have been received from local authorities for financial assistance to meet the cost of storm damage.
§ Mr. Denis Howell
I have no comprehensive information about the total cost of repairing the damage to property, 461W public and private, caused by the recent storms. Three local authorities have written about grants towards repair work, but I am not in a position to add to the statement that my right hon. Friend issued on 7th January, a copy of which I am sending to my hon. Friend.