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Volume 885: debated on Friday 7 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the amount of additional rent payable by council tenants in Glasgow and Clydebank, respectively, in the period from 1st October 1972 until the present time and from 1st October 1972 until the end of the rent freeze in May 1975, respectively, attributable to a strict conformity with the timetable of the Housing Finance Act 1972; and if he will express these global figures in terms relating to an average.

The information on additional rent payable assuming conformity with the timetable imposed by the 1972 Act is calculated as follows:rent they will have paid from 1st October 1972 to the end of the freeze period in May 1975; and if he will express these global figures in terms relating to an average tenant.

This increase may have occurred because the greater availability of fetal monitoring equipment has improved the accuracy of determining when induction should be performed on clinical grounds and because induction is now undertaken more frequently for social reasons. My right hon. Friend shares the concern which has recently been expressed on some aspects of the growth in the use of this technique, and in her reply to the right hon. and learned Gentleman the Member for Surrey, East (Sir G. Howe) on 19th December 1974—[Vol. 883, c. 552–3.]—she referred to the surveys she has commissioned to provide more information about current practice.