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Housing Capital Allocation (Brent)

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how the 1985–86 housing capital allocation for the London borough of Brent compares in real terms with the 1979–80 allocation; and what is the percentage decrease.

Brent's final HIP allocation for 1979–80 was £31·376m. Its current allocation for 1985–86 is £23.026m, which would represent a decrease of 54 per cent. in real terms. However, since 1981–82, authorities have been able to augment their spending power using the prescribed proportion of available capital receipts. The prescribed proportion of housing capital receipts generated by Brent in 1984–85 was £13·483.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when next he will review the housing capital allocation for the London borough of Brent; what is his estimate of the number of building starts that this will create for the year 1986–87; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend will announce the 1986–87 housing investment programme allocation for the London borough of Brent in due course. Full account will be taken of general housing needs, including homelessness. Within its allocation, the authority will be free to determine its own priorities.