§ 99. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the ratio of average housing rents to average family incomes in Scotland in the latest period of 12 months for which figures are available; what is his estimate of the corresponding ratio for England; and, from information available to him from international sources, what is his estimate for the United States of America, France, West Germany, Italy and Sweden.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
In 1970, the latest year for which figures are available, average house rents were 4.2 per cent. of gross household income in Scotland and 7.6 per cent. in England and Wales. Comparisons with other countries are not useful, chiefly because housing subsidy arrangements vary widely.