§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish a table showing the projected rise in local authority(a) rents and (b) rates for each year between 1988–89 and 1990–91 in current prices and 1987–88 prices.
§ Mr. Trippier
[holding answer 18 January 1989]We cannot say what local authorities will choose to do in future years. For 1988–89, however, local authorities in England increased their rents by an average of £1.57 per week over the previous year. (£l.48p at 1987–88 prices). The average increase in general rates in 1988–89 was 17.10p in the £, or 16.09p at 1987–88 prices.