asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what discus- sions he has had with local authority representatives in Cheshire about the housing needs in the county.
I met representatives from several of the district councils in Cheshire earlier this year to discuss generally the need to increase their house building programmes.
asked the Secretary or State for the Environment what assistance is being provided by his Department to housing associations in Cheshire and in the area covered by the Macclesfield Borough Council in particular.
Generous new grants are now available to housing associations that are registered under the Housing Act 1974 and my Department and the Housing Corporation are always ready to advise associations on design or financial aspects of schemes. This applies generally and there is no different approach to housing associations operating in Cheshire, or Macclesfield in particular.