HC Deb 05 August 1976 vol 916 c981W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if the rent increase of 83p a week proposed by the Liverpool City Council is in accordance with Government anti-inflation policy;

(2) what has been the average increase in council rents in the Liverpool, Scotland Exchange constituency last year, including the proposed new rent increase; and what is the percentage increase.

Mr. Armstrong

The combined effect of the increases made last August and proposed for this September is to produce an average increase in rent for the current financial year of 83p. I do not consider this to be so far above the Government guideline of 60p—which, it must be stressed, is a national average figure—as to be incompatible with the counter-inflation policy.

Separate figures for parliamentary constituencies are not available.