§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of the average subsidy from central Government funds towards the weekly rents of council houses in Wales in 1981–82; how this compares with the corresponding figure for 1980–81; and on the basis of what assumption of average weekly rents payable these figures are based.277W
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
The amount of central Government housing subsidy to be paid to individual councils in 1981–82 will depend on several variables, mainly the level of their housing investment, the movement in interest rates and whether or not authorities have reached the subsidy floor. Local authorities have not yet been asked to submit their estimates of entitlement for next year and it is therefore too early for any accurate forecast to be made centrally.