§ Mr. Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authorities made transfers from their housing revenue accounts to their general rate fund in each of the last five years.
§ Sir George Young
Local authorities' claim forms for housing subsidy show that the following numbers of councils made, or estimate that they will make, net transfers from their housing revenue accounts to their general rate funds:
Number 1980–81 18 1981–82 70 1982–83 78 1983–84 78
The transfers are made under section 134 of the Housing Act 1980, which repealed the previous restriction on working balances in housing revenue accounts.