HC Deb 20 April 1994 vol 241 cc532-3W
31. Mr. Pope

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish the average level of rent set by each local authority for the years 1993–94 and 1994–95.

Sir George Young

The information so far available to my Department from local authorities' returns has been placed in the Library. It represents returns from 329 of the 366 housing authorities in England. My Department's estimate of the average council rent for 1994-95 is £35.70, an increase of £2.00 a week on 1993–94.

34. Mr. Raynsford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the five London boroughs with the highest average council house rents, and the five lowest; and if he will give the political control of each of those councils.

Sir George Young

Local authorities report information on average rents on housing revenue account claim forms. The London boroughs with the five highest and five lowest average rents for 1994–95, based on the latest available information, are as follows:

Average weekly rent 1994–95 (£) Political control
Redbridge 63.75 Conservative
Harrow 62.97 Conservative
Westminster 61.43 Conservative
Kensington and Chelsea 60.28 Conservative
Kingston upon Thames 60.27 No overall control
Hounslow 39.97 Labour
Newham 39.88 Labour
Tower Hamlets 37.71 Liberal Democrat
Havering 36.91 No overall control
Barking 33.15 Labour
Rent levels reflect a number of factors, including the arrangements for setting guideline rents for HRA subsidy purposes. These arrangements are related to capital values, which generally lead to higher rent levels in areas where the average value of council dwellings are higher.