Commons written answers 19 February 1993
Housing Minister Sir George Young said he had placed in the Commons library a list of 132 councils in England designated to receive flats over shops initiative grant for 1993-94 totalling £10 million (col 383).
Junior Scottish Office minister Allan Stewart said it was estimated 89,000 people in Scotland were not enumerated in the 1991 census, or 1.7% of the population. However, this underenumeration was taken into account in producing the registrar general's provisional population estimates for mid 1991, geographically weighted with reference to birth and health data. In general, the evidence pointed to a larger shortfall in urban areas (col 405).
Commons written answers 22 February 1993
Local Government Minister John Redwood announced an easing of the stricture on repayment of debt from the former Greater London Council by London boroughs in 1993-94. The DoE is to change the statutory rules on minimum revenue provision to reduce the required minimum repayment of principal deemed debt from 4% to 0.5% of the debt (col 423).
Lords motion: to approve Local Authorities (Recovery of Costs for Public Path Orders) Regulations 1993
The motion was passed and the regulations will come into force on 15 March 1993. They are made under s150 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 which enables councils to charge for services, and will allow councils to recover from applicants the whole of their statutory local press advertising costs; and up to £400 of their administrative expenses in making an order for the diversion or stopping up of a public path or bridleway. Baroness Hollis of Heigham said the charge was too low to ensure councils could recover all costs, and urged a frequent review of charges (col 16).