HC Deb 28 July 1983 vol 46 c560W
Mr. Skinner

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the percentage rise in council house rents since May 1979.

Sir George Young

The average rent payable —before deducting rent assistance — by local authority tenants in England and Wales in April 1979 is estimated at £6.40 per dwelling per week. The latest comparable figure for April 1983 is provisionally estimated at £14.05. The increase is thus 120 per cent.