§ Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many householders are now estimated to be eligible to claim rate rebates; and how many made such claims in the years 1969–70 and 1970–71.
§ Mr. Michael Heseltine
The number of ratepayers entitled to a rate rebate cannot be established precisely without extensive and detailed inquiries into the circumstances of individual households which I do not consider would be justified.
The number of those successfully claiming rebate in 1969–70 can be found in "Rate Rebates in England and Wales" copies of which are available in the Library. The figure for 1970–71 is not yet known.