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Local Authority Expenditure

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total sum spent by local authorities on (a) land acquisition and (b) municipalisation in each year since 1974.

Figures are not available in the form requested.The attached table shows estimates of (

a) total expenditure by local authorities on the acquisition of land and existing buildings and ( b) that part of the expenditure relating to municipalisation.

which they, their spouses or former spouses have been in continuous occupation as the sitting tenant; and if he will make a statement;

(2) if he will amend the general consent to the Housing Act 1957 which he issued to local authorities on 18 May so that widows or widowers shall be entitled to the discount on the purchase of their council house for each of the years in which they or their former spouses have been in continuous occupation as the sitting tenant; and if he will make a statement.

I intend shortly to amend the general consent in ways which I think will help the hon. Member.