§ Mr. Terlezki
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has anything to add to the explanatory and financial memorandum to the Housing and Planning Bill.
§ Mr. John Patten
Part III of the Bill extends to Wales and the powers it contains will be available to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales. I regret that the appropritate references to his Department were in error omitted from the explanatory and financial memorandum prefaced to the printed Bill. The relevant paragraphs in the memorandum should have read as follows:
Financial Effects of the Bill
Financial Assistance for Urban Regeneration607WIt is envisaged that in England and Wales Part III of the Bill will initially be used in a limited number of localities to assist programmes carried out by consortia and other private sector interests concerned with urban regeneration. It is estimated that in 1987–88 there will be voted expenditure in the range £10 million-£20 million by the Department of the Environment and £2 million by the Welsh Office. Some preliminary expenditure is likely to be incurred in 1986–87. The expenditure in these years will not require any increase in the planned total of public expenditure given in Cmnd. 9702. The level of expenditure in later years will depend on the success of the initial programmes and the public expenditure provision that can be made.
Effect of the Bill on Public Service Manpower
Financial Assistance for Urban RegenerationIt is estimated that as a result of part III of the Bill the equivalent of eight additional staff will be required in the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office.