Local Authority Capital Expenditure (England)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:33 pm on 18th July 1984.

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Photo of Tony Lloyd Tony Lloyd , Stretford 4:33 pm, 18th July 1984

Is the Secretary of State aware that those in local government in general rightly resent the fact that, because of the Government's financial crisis management, they are never able to plan their capital programmes? The people who suffer especially are the homeless and the badly housed in inner urban areas. Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that, although he is announcing something which, by its nature, is voluntary at the moment, the plan almost certainly cannot work, because many local authorities, such as Manchester, will have to ignore his blandishments and the right hon. Gentleman will therefore come back much later in the financial year with even more draconian powers causing much greater hardship?