§ Mr. Robert C. Brown
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give the actual and percentage increase in the average costs of occupying a private rented house, a council rented house and a privately owned house over the past year; and if he will give comparable figures for the last five years.
§ Mr. Stanley
[pursuant to his reply, 26 January 1982, c. 320]: Information is not yet available for housing costs in the past year. Estimated average housing costs by tenure, apart from mortgage payments, in the United Kingdom in 1980 were published in the Employment Gazette for November 1981: corresponding figures for earlier years were published in the annual reports on the family expenditure survey. Gross mortgage payments information for England and Wales for 1979 was published in table 147 of Housing and Construction Statistics 1970–1980, and for earlier years in previous issues. Copies of these publications are available in the Library.