§ Mrs. Beckett
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost of, and the number of claimants receiving, supplementary benefit housing addition payments in respect of mortgage interest in Great Britain and in London for each year from 1978–79 to 1983–84.
§ Dr. Boyson
The estimated amount of money added in the assessment for mortgage interest and ground rent, together with the numbers involved for Great Britain for each year from 1978 to 1982 is as follows. Later information and information for London is not available.
Numbers of claimants Amount £ million 1978 105,000 26 1979 98,000 31 1980 134,000 71 1981 196,000 124 1982 235,000 170