Mr. Ron Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many private tenants in Scotland receive a rent allowance or rebate; what is the average sum involved; and what were the total amounts paid out for the last two years.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The number of allowances paid to private tenants (within the meaning of section 16 of the Housing (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1972), and the amounts involved, are:
Number Average annual amount Total amount £ £ 1977 18,396 92.73 1,705,861 1978 18,703 104.33 1,951,284
More details, and figures for rent rebates to public sector tenants, are published in Scottish Housing Statistics, numbers 1 and 5, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. Information for 1979 will be published in a forthcoming issue of Scottish Housing Statistics.