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Home Insulation

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total amount paid to local authorities or local authority tenants who applied for aid under the Home Insulation Act in Scotland in the years 1977, 1978, 1979 and to 31 March 1980 for home insulation and energy conservation protection.

Provision for local authorities is made as part of their main housing revenue account capital expenditure allocations.From November 1979, public sector tenants who wish to insulate their homes at their own expense became eligible for grant under the Homes Insulation Scheme 1978. Payments to them are not separately identified in the progress reports submitted by local authorities.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total amount paid to applicants in the private housing sector as grant-aid towards home insulation and energy conservation for the years 1977, 1978, 1979 and to 31 March 1980.

The homes insulation scheme 1978 did not come into operation until September 1978 and thus there were no grant payments in 1977. Grant payments made under the scheme from 1978 to 31 March 1980 were as follows:

Payment PeriodGrant Paid
£
1978157,000
1979670,000
1/1/80–31/3/80211,000
Records do not distinguish between payments made to private sector applicants and public sector tenant applicants who become eligible for grant in November 1979. The grant payments made in 1979 and in the first quarter of 1980 therefore include grant payments to tenants in the public sector.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from firms engaged in the manufacture of mineral insulating fibres for grants to aid in production of materials for home insulation and energy conservation in the public and private sectors of the building industry.