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Home Improvements (Vat)

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) other Government Departments, (b) housing bodies and (c) other interested bodies on reducing VAT on home improvements for poor housing; and if he will make a statement. [126244]

The Government will continue to consider the use of economic instruments to support regeneration and encourage brownfield development. Discussions with other Government Departments, housing bodies and other interested bodies touch on a wide variety of issues, including possible options for encouraging improvements to poor housing.