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Mr. Ridley [holding answer 14 February 1989] : The information requested for 1989-90 is not yet available by region and individual local authority. Table 1 gives the total of capital allocations in 1989-90 for England and the percentage changes over 1981-82 and 1988-89. Local authorities can spend a proportion of their capital receipts in addition to their allocations. Therefore, table 1 also includes information about spending power.


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                                     Percentage change over                               

                  |1989-90 £ million|1981-82          |1988-89                            

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Total allocations |2,762            |-21              |-10                                

Spending power    |7,674            |+28              |-1                                 

Information on capital allocations issued which is available by region for 1981-82 and 1988-89 is as follows :


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Region                   |1981-82   |1988-89   |change               

                         |£ million |£ million |Percentage           

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South East               |1,531     |1,109     |-28                  

South West               |217       |208       |-4                   

East Anglia              |98        |83        |-15                  

West Midlands            |314       |265       |-16                  

East Midlands            |240       |178       |-26                  

North West               |489       |386       |-21                  

Yorkshire and Humberside |331       |271       |-18                  

Northern Region          |274       |176       |-36                  

A significant proportion of the total allocations in 1988-89 (£386 million) has not been issued.

Table 3 giving information on capital allocations issued for 1981-82 and 1988-89 by local authority has been placed in the Library of the House.


 

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