§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many working families successfully claimed rate rebates and rent rebates, respectively, in each quarter of 1970; and what proportion these annual totals represented of the number estimated to be eligible for each of these benefits on grounds of low income.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
On rate rebates I would refer the hon. Member to the reply to his Question on 29th April. Figures of recipients in 1970–71 are not yet available. There are not sufficient data on which to make a reliable estimate of the numbers eligible.
Annual totals of rent rebates are published by the Institute of Municipal Treasurers and Accountants in Part I of their "Housing Statistics". The latest issue 212W covers the financial year 1969–70 and a copy is available in the Library. Information about the extent to which eligible tenants claim rebates should be sought from the local authorities responsible for each rebate scheme.—[Vol. 816. c. 185–6.]