§ 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.