§ Mrs. Ballard
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to return control over local authority housing rent levels to local authorities. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
Local housing authorities set their own rent levels, reviewing them from time to time as circumstances require. In setting their rents they have regard to their statutory duty to balance the housing revenue account, taking account, among other things, of any housing revenue account subsidy payable to them for the year. We are currently examining the financing of local authority housing as part of our comprehensive review of spending.