asked the Prime Minister how much of the money set aside for the clearing of slum areas has been so used during the past year?
As the hon. Member is aware, the Government have undertaken to provide an annual sum not exceeding £200,000 towards the deficits incurred by local authorities in dealing with the clearance of slum areas, and the provision of the necessary rehousing. It is estimated that schemes approved or in various stages of preparation will involve an annual Exchequer contribution amounting to approximately £60,000, and negotiations are proceeding in connection with additional schemes for which commitments for a further annual sum of £13,000 have been provisionally agreed. Negotiations with local authorities on other schemes are pending.