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Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether, in view of the cash shortage facing the Greater London Council and of his advice to local authorities to exert a tighter control on public expenditure, he will refuse loan sanction to the Greater London Council to proceed with its plans to develop a 48-acre site in the parish of Bursledon, Hampshire, bounded by Hamble Lane and Lowford Hill.

The GLC has powers under its Money Act and does not require loan sanction. It will, however, be submitting details of the scheme to my Department for payment of subsidy, and provided the scheme meets established design standards and is within housing cost yardstick limits there is no reason why subsidy approval should not be forthcoming. My right hon. Friend has made clear that the proposed cuts in housing capital expenditure in 1976–77 will not be found from the house building programme.