§ Mr. Lambie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he intends to give details of the level of council, new town and Scottish Special Housing Association house rents in 1983; and what amount of increase he anticipates.
§ Mr. Younger
Decisions on this matter remain to be taken. The hon. Member will in any event bear in mind the distinction between the need for my approval in respect of proposals by new towns and the SSHA and the freedom of local authorities, subject to their judgment of all relevant financial matters, to fix their own rent levels. As far as local authorities are concerned, I expect to carry out shortly the statutory consultations with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities about housing support grant.