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Domestic Rates

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the percentage change in rates per head of population in each year since 1976 for the United Kingdom's regions.

The figures in respect of the years 1976–77 to 1979–80 for England, Scotland and Wales are as follows:tion of the hon. Member for Goole relating to the basis of financial allocations to local housing authorities for housing investment programmes which was due for answer on 13 February.

The hon. Member will now have received the answer I gave to his ordinary written question on Thursday 21 February.—[Vol. 979, c. 299.]

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the reason for the delay in the announcement of the housing investment programme for 1980–81; and if he will compensate local authorities for such expenditure as they have incurred through having to renegotiate committed contracts because of the late announcement of the sums allocated.

I refer the hon. Member to my Answer of 18 February to the hon. Member for Consett (Mr. Watkins). The management of a local authority's block capital expenditure allocation is the responsibility of the authority itself. —[Vol. 979, c. 71.]