Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Housing Benefit on 7th February 1986.
Mr. Corbyn Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the total number of claimants of housing benefit at his Department’s offices at Highgate and Finsbury Park for each year since the scheme was introduced.
Mr. Major Housing benefit is administered by local authorities and it is therefore not possible to relate the case load to this Department’s local offices. Tables showing each local authority’s estimate of its rent rebate, rent allowance and rate rebate case load, for each year since the introduction of housing benefit, were placed in the Library last July following a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire, South (Mrs. Currie) on 19 July 1985, at column 305.