§ 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.