HC Deb 06 March 1986 vol 93 cc219-20W
Mr. Hume

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what figures are available to indicate the total amount of rates paid through housing benefit on each district in Northern Ireland in each of the past two years.

Mr. Needham

A breakdown of expenditure by district is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, the total amounts (rounded) of rates rebates paid under the housing benefits scheme in 1984–85 was £20,086,000 and the estimated expenditure for 1985–86 is £22,665,000.