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Volume 129: debated on Friday 18 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total of Government (a) assisted and (b) allowed capital expenditure by local authorities on (i) local authority housing, (ii) private sector improvement, repair and intermediate grants, and (iii) housing association grants in the financial years 1970–71 to 1986–87 in 1986 prices.

At 1986–87 prices the total of gross capital public expenditure on housing in England (local authorities, Housing Corporation and new towns) in 1971–72, the earliest year for which figures are available on a consistent basis, was £4,327 million. The comparable figure for 1986–87 is £3,446 million.Available information for the three categories of expenditure specified, for England and at 1986–87 prices, is set out in the table. Although the net total of local authority capital spending is cash limited, spending on the individual component elements specified is not. "Allowed" expenditure is taken to mean gross outturn public

Housing, England
All in 1986–87 prices1
£ million
Local Authority HousingPrivate ImprovementSupport to Housing Associations
Note: PE gross outturn figures taken from Public Expenditure White Papers; Vote outturn figures taken from Appropriation Accounts.
1 Uprated from the published cash figures using the GDP deflator.
2 Consists of Housing Revenue Account (HRA) renovation, HEA land and dwelling acquisitions, HRA new building for rent and Estate Action. Does not include public expenditure on central government subsidies to LA capital expenditure (eg Main Housing Subsidy).
3 Consists mainly of main housing subsidy which is paid to certain authorities reflecting annual revenue deficits as well as loan charges on capital borrowing. Also includes housing subsidies to the New Towns, which cannot easily be disaggregated.
4 Public Expenditure on Home Improvement, Repairs and Intermediate Grants.
5 Voted expenditure supporting Home Improvement, Repairs and Intermediate Grants.
6 Local Authority support to housing associations for fair rent and low cost home ownership.
7 Housing Corporation support to HAs for fair rent and low cost home ownership.
8 Housing Association Grant (HAG) paid via local authorities.
9 HAG paid via the Housing Corporation.
10 Before 1974 the Housing Corporation/local authorities made loans to Housing Associations without exchequer support. A new system of funding, including capital grants, was introduced in the 1974 Housing Act.
11 Cannot be disaggregated.
12 For these years disaggregated Vote information is not available.