§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will publish in theOfficial Report a table showing for each year since 1978 the weight of private sector and public sector rents in the cost of living index; whether those weights include rates when paid by the landlord; and what will be the effect of the index if the landlord does not reduce the rent to take account of the abolition of rates.
§ Mr. Lilley
The weight for local authority and private rents in the retail prices index, in parts per thousand, has been as follows:
Weight 1978 32 1979 32 1980 28
Weight 1981 30 1982 36 1983 36 1984 35 1985 31 1986 29 1987 34 1988 33 1989 32
The weight is adjusted to exclude domestic rates paid through landlords. The index will continue to reflect actual rents charged.