§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland why he recommended a minimum rent increase of 9.74 per cent. for tenants of the Scottish Special Housing Association, Scottish Homes.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The Secretary of State recommended a minimum average rent increase of £1.80 per week, which was a 9.55 per cent. increase, to the Scottish Special Housing Association. This recommendation was based on projections of costs and income and was set at a level which would sustain a reasonable level of repairs and maintenance of the stock. It was for the association's council of management to decide on the actual rent increase.