§ Mr. Holt
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has as to how much revenue was lost by local authorities in 1984–85 by defaulting tenants failing to pay rents.
§ Mr.. John Patten
Provisional figures indicate that about £200 million in rent (excluding the rates and service charges elements) was owed by tenants to local authorities for the 1984–85 financial year. A substantial proportion of this is unlikely to be recovered. Details of local authority rent arrears will be placed in the Library shortly.