HC Deb 16 December 1985 vol 89 cc80-1W
Mr. John Fraser

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) to how many of the local authorities which failed to set a rate by 1 April 1985 his Department delayed payment of its contribution to rate rebates;

(2) if he will list the local authorities that continued to pay rate rebates after 1 April 1985 but before they had set a rate.

Mr. Major

Payments on account of rate rebate subsidy were not made to ten authorities who did not set a rate on time since rate rebates are properly payable under the statutory housing benefits scheme only when a rate has been set. The hon. Member might like to consult the authorities concerned for information about rate rebates they paid before setting a rate.