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Housing (Modernisation)

Volume 897: debated on Monday 4 August 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what evidence he has received that local authorities are experiencing difficulty in allocating finance for mortgages to modernise private houses following recent cuts in public expenditure; and what action he proposes to take;(2) what representations he has had from local authorities about shortages of funds for the purpose of buying up tenanted houses which require modernisation as a consequence of public expenditure cuts; and what action he proposes to take.

I have received representations from many local authorities following the suspension of expenditure on local authority lending and acquisition of existing dwellings. I fully realise the

Total completions in the public and private sectors in Wales from 1945 onwards are given in Table 2.22 of the Digest of Welsh Statistics (No. 20) (1974), a copy of which is in the Library. The following table gives a more detailed breakdown of public sector completions in Wales from 1960 onwards.difficulties which this suspension has caused for local authorities, tenants and prospective purchasers, but I can at present give no assurance of funds being made available for these services for the remainder of this financial year.