Oral Answers to Questions — Housing Improvement Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th May 1975.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Crosland Mr Anthony Crosland , Grimsby 12:00 am, 7th May 1975

No, Sir. The question relates to local authority improvement. Although we have not fully restored the position as it would otherwise have been, nevertheless the fact is that this year in real terms the amount of money spent on local authority improvements will have gone up from something like £50 million a year five years ago to £300 million a year. Therefore, we are talking about a much larger programme. As far as municipalisation is concerned, particularly in parts of London, I disagree with the hon. Gentleman. Given the high proportion of unfit housing in the private rented sector and given the danger of loss of rented property from that sector, this programme still remains a very high priority.