§ Dr. McDonald
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish in the Official Report the numbers employed in each sector of the information technology industry, namely, office machinery, electronic data processing equipment, telecommunications equipment, radio and electronic capital goods, electronic components and sub-assemblies and electronic consumer goods, for each year from 1979 to 1984.
§ Mr. Butcher
[pursuant to his reply, 18 March 1985, c. 346]: The information on employment is not available at the detailed industry level requested. The following table gives the information which is available:
supplementary benefit, (b) rates rebates with supplementary benefit, (c) mortgage interest payments with supplementary benefit, (d) rent rebates and rent allowances for working householders, (e) rate rebates for working householders, (f) mortgage interest tax relief including option mortgages, (g) improvement grants and (h) rent subsidies.
§ The Prime Minister
The following are the available estimates of central and local government expenditure in support of housing in the United Kingdom.505W
£ million 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 Assistance to supplementary benefit recipients:* Rents 500 700 1,000 1,100 1,700 Rates 250 300 400 500 700 Mortgage interest 50 50 100 150 150 Rent rebates and allowances † 300 350 550 700 900 Rate rebates † 200 300 400 500 550 Mortgage interest relief ‡ 1,640 2,190 2,310 2,460 2,830 Improvement & thermal insulation grants ≑ 189 208 298 592 1,266 Central government subsidies to LA & new town housing ¶ 1,828 2,029 1,437 940 656 Rate fund contributions to LA housing 404 523 539 569 636 * Before introduction of the housing benefit scheme, based on amount of rents, rates and interest taken into account in assessing supplementary benefit entitlement. Subsequently, certificated rent rebates and allowances, rate rebates and mortgage interest; including housing benefit supplements. † Rebates and allowances to non-recipients of supplementary benefit. Including rate rebates under provisions of the Rating and Disabled Persons Act. ‡ Tax relief to 1982–83 and subsequently MIRAS; including option mortgage scheme. ≑ Grants paid to private owners and tenants. ¶ Including subsidies to Scottish Special Housing Association and Northern Ireland Housing Executive.