§ Mr. Wakeham
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the average rent per dwelling for council housing in June of each of the past five years, and the retail price index in each of those months.
§ Mr. Kaufman
The following information for England and Wales is the nearest available to that requested by the hon. Member:
Average Rents (£) April 1969 2.04 April 1970 2.23 April 1971 2.48 April 1972 2.75 May 1973 3.44
Retail Price Index (January 1962=100) June 1969 132.1 June 1970 139.9 June 1971 154.3 June 1972 163.7 June 1973 178.9
The figures for 1969 and 1970 do not take into account any April rent increases, and those for 1971 do not take full account of them. The 1972 and 1973 figures show the first effect of the Housing Finance Act.