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Housing Subsidies

Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 12 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what levels of local authority housing rents have been assumed in the latest Public Expenditure White Paper (Command Paper No. 5879) estimates for the gross total of subsidies for the years 1975 to 1979.

For 1975–76 the estimates assume that average unrebated weekly rents in England are 45p per week higher than in 1974–75. For 1976–77 and later years the estimates assume broadly that rents remain constant in real terms, for given standards of accommodation.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the size of the special element of subsidy to provide relief to rents after the rent freeze of 1974–75, as referred to on page 71 of Command Paper No. 5879.

Entitlement to this element of housing subsidy payable for 1975–76 is estimated at £33 million.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a breakdown of the total figures given for subsidies in 1973–74, 1974–75 and 1975–76 on page 71 of Command Paper No. 5879.

The figures are broken down as follows:with registration marks including the suffix L, M or N—and on the road before 1st October 1974—will start to be transferred to the Driver and Vehicles Licensing Centre at Swansea. The record for each vehicle will be transferred when the licence is renewed. This process will be automatic, and owners need take no special steps.

Vehicles first registered since 1st October last are already dealt with by the centre. Eventually it will be responsible for all vehicles ; announcements about the transfer of further groups will be made later.