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Housing

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will publish in the Official Report a table showing (a) the estimated annual rent for local authority and other public housing, respectively, (b) the original cost of construction, (c) the estimated open market value subject to the existing tenancies and (d) the value under (c) less the proposed discount on sales to tenants.

In England and Wales, in 1978–79, the aggregate unrebated rent of local authority and new town dwellings was £1·6 billion.On the question of the historic cost and current value of public sector housing I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on February 8.The Housing Bill includes provisions for discounts for those tenants who exercise the right to buy; these could range from 33 per cent. to 50 per cent.—[Vol. 978, c. 364–5.]

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a table showing the total expenditure on housing in England paid from his Department's budget at 1979–80 out-turn prices, for each of the years from 1974, showing the comparable projected expenditure for 1980–81 also at the 1979–80 outturn price level.

Expenditure on the Housing (England) Vote from 1974–75 has been as follows:

£m. 1979–80 Outturn Prices
1974–752,547
1975–762,105
1976–772,582
1977–782,618
1978–792,637
1979–802,550*
* Estimated

The Supply Estimates for the Housing (England) Vote in respect of 1980–81 will be published in due course.