HC Deb 02 April 1963 vol 675 cc223-4
6. Mr. Loughlin

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will seek powers to enable him to put into full effect point 4 of the 12 Point Standard referred to in his Circular, 29/62.

Mr. Corfield

Adequate powers already exist to enable an owner to obtain grant for putting in a hot water supply in his house for the first time. Grant is not, however, available towards the cost of replacement.

Mr. Loughlin

While I appreciate the difficulties that the Minister experiences in these cases, would he not agree, as he has indicated to me by correspondence, that there is a deficiency there? Would he be prepared to look at this matter with a view to ensuring that the stated target of the Government is achieved?

Mr. Corfield

Yes, Sir. The difficulty is that under the standard grants the provisions do not allow for an apportionment where there is a supply of water for one of the points. Under the discretionary grants there is provision for apportionment. I can tell the hon. Gentleman that we intend to put right the defect in the standard grants as soon as the opportunity arises.

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