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Heating (Needy Persons)

Volume 886: debated on Tuesday 11 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he has considered in his energy conservation plans the adequacy or otherwise of the level of heating in winter in the homes of poor, old, chronically sick and disabled people and families; and what information is available to him on this matter.

The Government are fully conscious of the heating needs of the elderly, sick and disabled and their families. The provisions of the recent Heating Control Order do not apply to living accommodation in general and special exemptions were designed to protect these categories. To make further provision for them is a social and welfare matter and is not the direct responsibility of my Department.