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Prefabricated Reinforced Housing

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 23 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on his recent announcement of his intention to allocate £37 million to 28 local authorities to enable them to repurchase defective prefabricated reinforced concrete houses previously sold to tenants.

My predecessor announced on 9 August 1985 that an additional £37 million would be made available for 1985–86 to help those local authorities which were unable to meet their obligations under the Housing Defects Act 1984. Of the 119 authorities which applied for assistance, 28 seemed unlikely, on the basis of their own estimates, to have sufficient resources to meet these obligations. Additional housing investment programme allocations will be made retrospectively, after the end of the financial year, if these estimates are confirmed by actual expenditure.The estimates submitted were drawn up early in the financial year and were inevitably subject to some uncertainty. For this reason I have asked all those local authorities which applied for assistance to send updated returns to my Department at the end of December.A list of the 28 authorities is given below:

North WestWigan
Cannock Chase
West MidlandsNorth Warwick
Yorkshire and HumbersideRotherham
Epping Forest
Three Rivers
Greater LondonRedbrige
Vale of White Horse
South EastWokingham
Payments (out-turn prices)
Enterprise ZoneLocal Authority1981–82 £1982–83 £1983–84 £1984–85 £
CorbyCorby DC125,644507,6941,146,1901,678,820
DudleyDudley DC701,9651,201,1981,230,8541,545,351
GlanfordGlanford DC65,505
HartlepoolHartlepool BC26,371147,954255,734314,345
Isle of DogsNewham LBC109,28899,450197,640
Tower Hamlets LB1,144,6721,386,3812,232,004
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough BC240,819
NE LancashireBurnley BC36,525126,446
Hyndburn BC17,33174,881
Pendle BC6,00837,117
Rossendale DC21021,011
NW KentGillingham BC48,749223,937
Gravesend BC36,000117,097
Rochester-upon-Medway CC544,500
RotherhamRotherham MBC68,023251,690
Salford/TraffordSalford CC220,837469,842617,945895,164
Trafford BC252,534726,121973,8311,201,888
ScunthorpeScunthorpe BC24,735260,181
SpekeLiverpool CC516,2441,173,880936,1101,483,882
Telford Wrekin DC225,000
TynesideGateshead MBC919,4151,701,2841,967,0802,115,066
Newcastle-upon-Tyne CC496,268880,225975,3541,144,774
WakefieldWakefield MBC249,492392,863480,903532,402
WellingboroughWellingborough BC13,09474,351
WorkingtonAllerdale DC56,836127,289
Payments in respect of rates revenue foregone in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not a matter for my Department.