HC Deb 23 May 1990 vol 173 c246W
45. Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received about private landlords who have not reduced the rent inclusive of rates following the introduction of the community charge; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chope

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton (Mr. Nicholson) on 8 February,Official Report, Vol. 166, column 756. The Department has received a number of letters from hon. Members on this subject, and our explanatory leaflet "You and the Community Charge: Rents" has now been published and widely distributed.

Mrs. Gorman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the average council rent, excluding rebates, in England; and what information he has on the average council house rent in Basildon district council area and the average new town corporation rent in Basildon.

Mr. Chope

The information is as follows:

Average weekly unrebated rent (£ per week)
April 1990
England 123.26
Basildon district council 25.95
Basildon new town corporation 26.00
1 Provisional estimate.