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Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what additional financial support he is giving to local authorities for the removal of asbestos from buildings.

Funds are not made available specifically for the removal of asbestos, but rate support grant is paid in support of local authority revenue expenditure generally, including expenditure on asbestos. In the case of housing capital expenditure, it is open to any authority to raise the question of expenditure on asbestos in its housing investment programme bid, if it is in receipt of subsidy.