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Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many council-owned houses and flats in the borough of Newham have been sold since the implementation of the Housing Act 1980.

Available information indicates that the borough of Newham had sold 2,794 dwellings since April 1979, of which 96 sales were prior to April 1980; however, no sales returns have been received from the borough since the end of 1983–84.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report annual statistics since 1979 of local government spending in Newham, and the percentage of this spending which was financed by the central Government rate support grant.

The information for 1981–82 and later years is as follows:

Total expenditureRate support grant as percentage of total expenditure
£ million
Total expenditure is the measure of local authority expenditure used in the determination of block grant (the main component of rate support grant). It comprises net current expenditure on the rate fund revenue account plus items such as debt charges and revenue contributions to capital and less specific and supplementary grants and items such as interest receipts.Total expenditures given are those used in the determination of the block grant component of rate support grant.Estimates of total expenditure prior to 1981–82 are not available.