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Rents

Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has to maintain rents at affordable levels in England and Wales.

In respect of England, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Bristol, South (Ms. Primarolo). Rents in Wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

39.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied that local authority rent increases properly reflect Government guidelines.

It is for each local authority to set its own rents. The guidelines merely seek to ensure that housing revenue account subsidy is targeted to reflect the needs of authorities, and to encourage a more sensible pattern of rents.

54.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he proposes to issue any new guidance on rent levels.

87.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he proposes to issue any new guidance on rent levels.

We will not be issuing any further rent guidelines for 1990–91 but local authorities and their associations will be consulted in due course on rent guidelines and related matters for 1991–92.