§ Mr. Hastings
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the average subsidy paid to owner-occupiers of private houses; and how this compares with subsidies available to council tenants.
§ Mr. Freeson
Direct comparisons are very difficult and potentially misleading, but on the basis of the latest estimates the relevant figures for England and Wales for 1976–77 are:
£ Average tax relief and option mortgage subsidy— Per owner-occupied dwelling 118 Per mortgagor 214 Average subsidy from central government and rate funds (excluding rent rebates) per council dwelling 212