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New Town Local Authorities (Claims)

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 18 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress there has been in reaching a settlement with new town local authorities of section 51 claims; and if he will make a statement.

Following my discussion with a group of hon. Members on 8 November, I had a useful meeting with the Association of District Councils on 11 November. In the light of these further representations, in particular on the special problems of Easington and Sedgefield district councils, I agreed to certain improvements in the terms offered, details of which have been sent to my hon. Friend. These improvements will mainly affect Easington and Sedgefield district councils, who stand to receive over 30 per cent. more grant as a result, but the other authorities concerned will also benefit to some extent. I am hopeful that the authorities will accept this final offer in full and final settlement of their claims.