§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many councils have applied to be designated as high rent areas under the housing benefits scheme; how many have been so designated; and if he will list those in each category.
§ Dr. Boyson
Applications for authorisation of high rent schemes have been received from 50 authorities. Authorisations have been granted in 42 cases. The table below shows which authorities have applied, with the result. In those cases where no decision has yet been made, this is because further information is needed from the authority.
Area Barnet (a) Basildon Development Corporation (b) Bath (a) Bexley (b) Camden (a) Central Lancashire Development Corporation (b) Dumbarton (d) Ealing (a) Eastbourne (a) Eastwood Application withdrawn Elmbridge (a) Enfield (b) Epsom and Ewell (a) Greater London Council No authorisation granted Guildford (a) Hammersmith and Fulham (b) Harrow (a) Havant (b) Hillingdon (b) Hove (c) Kensington and Chelsea (a) Kingston Upon Thames (a) Liverpool (b) City of London (b) Medina No authorisation granted Milton Keynes Borough Council No authorisation granted Milton Keynes Development Corporation (b) Newham No decision made Norwich No decision made Reading (b) Redbridge (b)
§ Mr. John Patten
The information requested is available only for years in which a census of population was held, and for legitimate births.
Area Renfrew (d) Rushmoor (b) Southend (b) Southwark (d) Spelthorne (a) Stockton on Tees No decision made Sutton (b) Tamworth (b) Telford Development Corporation (b) Test Valley (b) Three Rivers (d) Tonbridge and Malling (d) Wandsworth (b) Waverley (c) Wealden (a) West Lothian (d) Westminster (a) Wirral No decision made Woking (a) a = general authorisations granted for both rent rebates and allowances. b = general authorisation granted for rent rebates only. c = general authorisation granted for rent allowances only. d = class authorisation granted for rent allowances.