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Part VIHousing Finance

Supplementary

85Power to obtain information

(1)A local housing authority, and any officer or employee of a local housing authority concerned with their housing functions, shall supply the Secretary of State with such information as he may specify, either generally or in any particular case, for the purpose of enabling the Secretary of State to exercise his functions under section 80 or 83 above.

(2)A local housing authority shall supply the Secretary of State with such certificates supporting the information required by him as he may specify.

(3)If a local housing authority, or any officer or employee of a local housing authority concerned with their housing functions, fails to comply with subsection (1) or (2) above before the end of such period as the Secretary of State may specify, he may exercise his functions under section 80 or 83 above on the basis of such assumptions and estimates as he sees fit.

86Recoupment of subsidy in certain cases

(1)Where Housing Revenue Account subsidy or residual debt subsidy has been paid to a local housing authority and it appears to the Secretary of State that the case falls within rules published by him, he may recover from the authority the whole or such part of the payment as he may determine in accordance with the rules, with interest from such time and at such rates as he may so determine.

(2)Without prejudice to other methods of recovery, a sum recoverable under this section may be recovered by withholding or reducing subsidy.

87Determinations and directions

(1)A determination made or direction given by the Secretary of State under this Part—

(a)may make different provision for different cases or descriptions of cases, including different provision for different areas, for different local housing authorities or for different descriptions of local housing authorities;

(b)may be made before, during or after the end of the year to which it relates; and

(c)may be varied or revoked by a subsequent determination or direction.

(2)Before making a determination or giving a direction under this Part relating to all local housing authorities or any description of such authorities, the Secretary of State shall consult such representatives of local government and relevant professional bodies as appear to him to be appropriate; and, before making a determination or giving a direction relating to a particular local housing authority, he shall consult that authority.

(3)As soon as practicable after making a determination under this Part, the Secretary of State shall send a copy of the determination to the local housing authority or authorities to which it relates.

88Construction and application of Part VI

(1)In this Part—

(a)expressions which are used in Part XIII of the [1985 c. 68.] Housing Act 1985 (general financial provisions) have the same meaning as in that Part;

(b)references to a local housing authority’s Housing Revenue Account or Housing Repairs Account include, where the context so admits, references to the corresponding account kept by them under that Part;

(c)references to a revenue account of a local housing authority other than their Housing Revenue Account do not include references to a Housing Repairs Account; and

(d)references to proper practices shall be construed in accordance with section 66(4) above.

(2)Sections 82 to 84 above and, so far as relating to those sections or residual debt subsidy, this section and sections 85 to 87 above, have effect for the year beginning on 1st April 1989.

(3)Subject to subsection (2) above, this Part has effect for years beginning on or after 1st April 1990.

(4)If, before the passing of this Act, any statement was made by or on behalf of the Secretary of State—

(a)that, if this Part were then in force, he would make, under section 83 above, such a determination as is set out in the statement, and

(b)that, when this Act is passed, he is to be regarded as having made under that section the determination set out in the statement,

the determination set out in the statement shall have effect as if it had been validly made under section 83 above at the time of the statement.

(5)Any consultation undertaken—

(a)before the passing of this Act, and

(b)before the making of such a statement as is referred to in subsection (4) above, and

(c)in connection with a determination proposed to be set out in the statement,

shall be as effective, in relation to that determination, as if this Part had been in force at the time the consultation was undertaken.

(6)Any consultation undertaken before the passing of this Act in connection with a determination proposed to be made under this Part shall be as effective, in relation to that determination, as if this Part had been in force at the time the consultation was undertaken.