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Home Insulation

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give for each year since 1978 the number of dwellings insulated under public sector insulation programmes.

My Department is responsible for the energy conservation programme and homes insulation scheme. Information on activity in 1986, 1987, 1988 and the first quarter of 1989 for energy conversion, and the first half of 1989 for the homes insulation scheme, appears in table 2·21 of "Housing and Construction Statistics Part 2", No. 38. Figures for earlier years appear in table 7·7 of "Housing and Construction Statistics 1978–1988". Copies of these publications are available in the Library.

Work under the energy conservation programme is identified only where it is the only work being carried out to a local authority dwelling. Insulation is often installed when other general renovation work is carried out, but these cases cannot be separately identified.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will place in the Library the internal audit report of 1986 on the homes insulation scheme.

[holding answer 18 December 1989]: No. It would be inappropriate to make generally available such reports, which are however sent to the National Audit Office and used by the Comptroller and Auditor General to inform his examination of the Department's work.