§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much housing benefit was paid to council tenants(a) in the UK and (b) of Portsmouth City Council in each of the last three years; and in each case, what proportion of that amount was funded from council rents. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The information requested is shown in the following table.
1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 UK HB paid to council tenants (£ million) 4,421 4,535 4,441 Percentage funded through rental surpluses 23.7 25.9 27.4 Portsmouth HB paid to council tenants (£ million) 25.0 26.6 26.5 Percentage funded through rental surpluses 16.0 18.3 19.3