§ 39. Mr. Greenway
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the total of grants made by the Greater London council in 1985–86 to date which have required his prior approval.
§ Mr. Tracey
To date we have received 314 applications from the GLC for consent to grants to various bodies. Of these, 293 required consent under section 7 of the Local Government (Interim Provisions) Act 1984 as involving section 137 expenditure; 207, totaling £19,759,391, have received section 7 consent; 36, totalling £9,198,041, have been refused.
Of the total of 314 applications, 21 required consent under section 92 of the Local Government Act 1985 as imposing a liability on successor authorities. All of these, totalling £968,246, have been refused.
In addition, 88 applications, totalling £19,213,099, have been made in respect of proposals for financial assistance to various London boroughs. Consent has been given to 59 of these, totalling £10,549,470; 5, totaling £77,345, have been refused. My right hon. Friend has also decided that he would not wish to direct the London Residuary Body to recover 106 payments, totalling £52,971,836, which were made by the GLC to the London boroughs in 1985–86 without consent; the GLC has been asked to supply more information about a further 10 payments, totalling £178,691, made in 1985–86 without consent.