§ Mr. Anderson
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the average gross and rebated rent for 1980–81 and his estimate of the average increase for the current year, stating the estimated effect on the increase in rent rebates.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The estimated average local authority gross and rebated rents in Wales for 1980–81 were £8.13 and £6.07 per dwelling per week respectively. The estimated increases for 1981–82 are £3.25 and £1.90 respectively. The figures for rebated rents in 1980–81 and for the increase in rebated rents for 1981–82 both take account of payments in respect of rent made by the Department of Health and Social Security to supplementary benefit claimants.
The greater part of the estimated average increase in rebates of £1.35 per dwelling per week can be attributed to the estimated increase in gross rents.