asked the Minister of Power if he will issue a general direction, in the public interest, to the National Coal Board to offer concessions to private consumers wishing to install central heating appliances using solid fuels.
Mr. John Morris
No, Sir. The Board already has a scheme to provide deferred payment facilities for the purchase of solid fuel appliances.
Will my hon. Friend ask the National Coal Board to set up central manufacturing facilities for the production of solid fuel central heating appliances for district heating on municipil housing estates?
I am sure that if that suggestion is within the powers of the Board, the Board will bear it in mind. Since 1960, under the present scheme loans of over £25 million have been made for the kind of heating referred to in my Answer.