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Volume 78: debated on Monday 29 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information he has as to the number of local authorities which make use of the 10 per cent. local discretion in respect of the housing benefit scheme.

Information from authorities' initial subsidy claims for 1985–86 indicates that for the 467 authorities out of 489 who have made their claims, 199 intend to run local schemes in 1985–86.