Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that there is considerable anxiety among local authorities about the content of this circular? Will he look at it again with a view to redefining the key sector proposals so as to include loans for development areas and so that clearance of derelict land has priority?
There was anxiety among local authorities about the implementation of this circular. The principle behind the circular was widely accepted by the local authority associations. There have been recent discussions between my office and the local authorities which had expressed anxiety. I think that many of their anxieties have been allayed.