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Council House Sales (East Lothian)

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make it his policy to make good any shortfall in receipts from the sale of council houses which have been projected by his Department for East Lothian district by making supplementary capital allocations for the council's programme of capital expenditure on housing for the current year and for subsequent years.

I have given an undertaking to consider sympathetically the case of any housing authority which is this year experiencing a shortfall in receipts from the sale of council houses as a result of factors outwith its control. The issue and timing of supplementary allocations will however depend on the availability of resources. I am not in a position to give a similar undertaking in respect of future years.