This will be a matter for detailed discussions between the Government and the local authority associations. £65 million saving at 1974 survey prices spread over the country's 5½ million council dwellings would average £13 per dwelling per year; but rate fund contributions to housing revenue accounts and other factors vary so enormously that such a figure is not meaningful. Apart from this, rent increases will need to meet rising costs.
I do not quite follow the hon. Gentleman's point. However, the matter falls to be discussed in much detail, as I have indicated, with the local authorities and with the local authority associations.