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Volume 19: debated on Friday 12 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why there has been a delay in connection with the announcement of a decision concerning the 1982–83 applications for urban aid submitted to his Department by Kirklees metropolitan district authority; and when a decision will be given.

There has been no delay in the announcement of urban aid approvals for 1982–83. About 48 per cent. more applications have been received this year than last and the evaluation process has taken a few days more than we hoped. Approval letters are now being sent out to all the local authorities concerned.