§ 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.