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Inner Cities

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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61.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what further review of the inner city programmes' funding he is considering; and if he will make a statement.

The public expenditure White Paper dealing with the period from 1981–82 will set out the Government's decisions about resources for the urban programme for future years.

66.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is satisfied with the operation of the inner cities partnership committees.

Our initial experience of the partnership committees was that they tended to be too large, involved a greater level of detail than was necessary, and met more frequently than was really appropriate. We have, therefore, made clear our determination that in future partnership meetings should be limited in number, less bureaucratic and less frequent.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to relax planning, fire and building regulations to encourage the rejuvenation of decaying inner city areas.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier today to my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Mr. Steen).