HC Deb 22 October 1987 vol 120 c869W
Mr. Rathbone

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to report the Government's plan for Children's Play following dissolution of Play Board.

Mr. Moynihan

As I announced on 30 September, the Sports Council has agreed to accept responsibility for providing a national focus for the promotion and

Average housing support by type of household and tenure type: 1985
United Kingdom £ per year per household
Household type Number of households in sample Rent rebates3 Rates rebates4 Housing subsidy5 Mortgage tax relief6 Total housing support
A. Households headed by a pensioner1
(i) public sector tenants2 (1,022) 452 146 201 799
(ii) owner occupiers with mortgage (142) 35 249 284
(iii) owner occupiers without mortgage (1,063) 60 60
B. Other households
(i) public sector tenants2 (1,113) 372 129 228 729
(ii) owner occupiers with mortgage (2,519) 11 539 550
(iii) ower occupiers without mortgage (519) 16 16
C. All households
(i) public sector tenants2 (2,135) 410 137 215 762
(ii) owner occupiers with mortgage (2,661) 12 524 536
(iii) owner occupiers without mortgage (1,582) 46 46

Source: Central Statistical Office, from Family Expenditure Survey 1985.

1 Of state retirement pension age (65 for a man and 60 for a woman).

2 Includes tenants of local authorities, new town corporations, the Scottish Special Housing Association, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and housing associations.

3 Includes rent element of housing benefit supplement.

4 Includes rates element of housing benefit supplement.

5 Housing subsidy is current expenditure less income on the housing revenue accounts of local authorities, and grants paid to the rest of the public sector.

6 At the basic rate only. Includes relief on mortgage endowment and mortgage protection policies.


These figures do not include mortgage interest tax relief at rates in excess of the basic rate or supplementary benefit assistance with mortgage interest payments. Sound estimates for pensioner and non-pensioner households separately are not available, but over all owner occupiers with mortgages, the average amounts in 1985 are estimated at about £30 and £20, respectively.