HC Deb 13 February 1985 vol 73 c206W
19. Mr. McTaggart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total level of Government subsidy to (a) council house tenants through the housing support grant and (b) owner-occupiers through mortgage interest tax relief in Scotland in 1980; and what the equivalent figure is expected to be in 1985.

Mr. Ancram

Subsidies to council house tenants include, as well as housing support grant, rate fund contributions and the rent rebate element of housing benefit. Subsidies to council tenants totalled £343 million in 1980–81, including £228 million in housing support grant. For 1984–85 the corresponding figure is estimated at £253 million, including £63 million in housing support grant. Mortgage interest tax relief totalled £122 million in 1980–81 and is estimated to be £210 million in 1984–85.