§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many of the lease and leaseback schemes concerning housing development submitted by local authorities following his announcement on 9 March 1988 he(a) has approved, (b) has turned down and (c) is yet to consider.
§ Mr. Gummer
[holding answer 17 February 1989]: My right hon. Friend had by 7 February 1989 received 499 applications for additional capital allocations under the schemes introduced following his announcement on 9 March 1988. A total of 138 have been approved, 78 were premature or have been withdrawn or were unnecessary, and 171 had been refused. Thirty-nine applications were awaiting further information from the applicant local authority and 73 were under consideration in the Department. Fifty one of the successful and 33 of the unsuccessful applications primarily related to housing.