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Housing (Condensation)

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the problems of condensation in housing and the action that is being taken to overcome the problem.

We are aware that in recent winters there have been particular problems with condensation in some dwellings. This is not a new problem, nor is there any single solution. Condensation can arise from a number of factors, including heating and ventilation levels and may vary significantly between similar dwellings according to the pattern of household use and occupation.The Working Party on Heating and Energy Conservation in Public Sector Housing is shortly to publish a further domestic energy note dealing specifically with this problem. In addition, the Department is preparing a leaflet for householders explaining the steps which they can take to reduce the incidence and effect of condensation.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will consider making grants available to local authorities for the specific purpose of eliminating the nationwide problem of condensation in housing and increasing existing grants so that they are payable on full central heating systems installed rather than partial central heating systems as at present.

Whilst low temperatures, particularly when combined with high moisture levels, may be a significant factor in the incidence of condensation, it does not follow that existing heating systems are themselves inadequate. Local authorities undertaking improvement works to their existing dwellings may already qualify for housing subsidy and we have no proposals for any specific grant on the lines suggested nor for any general increase in the standards applicable to new building.