§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the average annual subsidy to public sector tenants in both Dundee and Scotland in each of the past three years; and if he will express the figures at constant prices, taking 1979 as equal to 100.
§ Mr. Rifkind
Since it is not possible to provide figures for Dundee district for the whole public sector—that is130W including the SSHA as well as the local authority tenants—I have made the comparison below in terms of local authority tenants only:
Dundee (local authority) £ Scotland (local authority) £ Average annual subsidy per tenant 1979–80 260 360 1980–81 255 390 1981–82 Estimate 340 375 Average annual subsidy per tenant at 1979–80 average prices 1979–80 260 360 1980–81 220 335 1981–82 Estimate 260 290
I have taken subsidies to include Exchequer subsidies, rate fund contributions and rent rebates, but not assistance received by tenants as part of supplementary benefit.