§ Mr. Dewar
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons in Scotland were in receipt of a rate rebate in the last period for which figures are available; how many of these were local authority tenants, private sector tenants and owner-occupiers, respectively; what was the cost of each category to public funds; and what were the comparable figures for 1977.
§ Mr. Younger
The information is as follows: 215W
1977–78 1979–80 Nos. *Cost to public funds£ million Nos. *Cost to public funds £ million Rate rebate recipients: local authority tenants 244,913 16.1 251,181 16.1 private sector tenants† 37,301 2.0 35,116 2.1 owner-occupiers 100,938 6.4 96,849 6.0 Totals 383,152 24.5 383,146 24.2
* Of this 90 per cent. is met by rate rebate grant from central Government. Figures do not include costs of administering the rate rebate scheme which are not separately identifiable.
† Includes Development Corporation and SSHA tenants.