HC Deb 15 November 1984 vol 67 cc314-5W
Dr. Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the total urban programme for the financial years 1978–79 to 1984–85 (estimated); and if he will list the outturn urban programme grants paid to each partnership, programme and designated authority and the estimated figure for 1984–85, comparing for each authority the level of funding in each year with (a) housing subsidy received and (b) rate support grant before and after holdback.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

I have placed a copy of this information in the Library.

Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the reduction in real terms in the urban programme following the Chancellor of the Exchequer's autumn statement; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

The provision for the urban programme in England in 1985–86 will be £338 million. That is a cash reduction of £28 million below the planning figure set out in "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1984–85 to 1986–87" (Cmnd. 9143), but that means that in 1985–86 the urban programme will be maintained at the same level in cash as the likely outturn for 1984–85. Adjusted by the GDP deflator this implies a cost reduction of some 4 per cent. but the effect on programme activity will depend on actual cost changes in the relevant areas.