§ Ms Atherton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate has been made of the revenue lost to local authorities through the reduced council tax on second homes. 
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
Second homes and other dwellings which are no-one's main residence for whatever reason receive a 50 per cent. discount in council tax. Around 500,000 households in England qualify for the discount at a cost of some £164 million.210W
homelessness was the termination of a private sector tenancy for (i) 1997, (ii) 1998 and (iii) 1999. 
§ Mr. Mullin
The available information, relating to households accepted as homeless and in priority need under the homelessness provisions of the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts, is set out in the table:
In general, if a local authority has a reduced tax base because it has a high proportion of dwellings subject to a discount or exemption, it will receive more grant to compensate.