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Home Insulation

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many voluntary home insulation projects are known to his Department; and what is his estimate of the number of homes being insulated for elderly or disabled people through such agencies.

I am aware of the following voluntary home insulation projects being assisted in various ways through Government agencies:

No. of ProjectsEstimated No. of dwellings to be insulated a Year
Department of Energy
"Seedcorn" grant applications185,500
Project grant applications (if additional)1300
Manpower Service Commission
Community Enterprise Programme—schemes underway or approved but yet to start*4953,000
Department of the Environment
Urban Programme5N/A
* In addition under the Youth Opportunities Programme a small number of schemes have included home insulation work, mainly involving draught proofing, as one of a number of activities. A number of the schemes assisted by the Department of Energy are also likely to be assisted by the MSC but cannot be separately identified at this stage.
Four of these projects are also funded by the Manpower Services Commission and are included in their figures.
I am aware of a further four projects being undertaken by voluntary groups without Government assistance. The main purpose of all these schemes is to give help to the elderly, the disabled and other disadvantaged.