Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:14 pm on 27th November 2000.

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Photo of Hilary Armstrong Hilary Armstrong Minister of State (Local Government and Housing), Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions) (Local Government) 4:14 pm, 27th November 2000

As I have already said, I am in discussion with my hon. Friend the Minister about homelessness costs in London so I shall not repeat my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck).

This year, in the spending review 2000, a substantial increase was announced by the Government in capital spending for housing. That is the largest increase for many

years and builds on the £5 billion that the Government are spending as a result of the capital receipts initiative. We understand the particular problems in London; that is reflected in our handling of the settlement.