§ Mrs. Ray Michie
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much subsidy has been paid and is estimated to be paid in respect of authorities for each of the financial years 1979–80 to 1989–90 from the Exchequer, both in total and expressed as a subsidy per dwelling for the total number of dwellings in local authority control and in respect of those authorities in receipt of subsidy; and what is the position, expressed in similar terms, for rate fund contributions, for both negative and positive contributions.
§ Mr. Trippier
[holding answer 8 December 1988]: Housing subsidy up to 1980–81 was paid under a different system, so I am using 1981–82 as the first year. The information requested is set out in the tables and is based on data provided by local authorities in their subsidy claim forms. The rate fund contribution figures (RFCs) are net amounts. The main housing subsidy figures are based on the latest entitlement claimed to date by local authorities, and the 1987–88 and 1988–89 figures are their estimates. The figures for 1989–90 are not yet published.