HC Deb 07 March 1963 vol 673 cc636-7
24. Mrs. Butler

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what would be the average additional cost of providing internal water-pipes in the installation of a bath, w.c., and hot-water system, respectively, under the standard and improvement grant procedure.

Mr. Corfield

Water pipes are of course fitted inside the house; but drainage by way of soil and waste pipes can be either inside or outside. Generally speaking, there should be no material difference in cost whichever method of fitting is used. Additional cost might be incurred if the run of an internal pipe involved disturbance of existing fixtures: this extra cost would, however, rank for grant.

Mrs. Butler

Is the Minister aware that in recent weeks frost damage has often been very severe, especially in the case of bathrooms and kitchens converted under grant in the back additions of houses which are often very exposed to the weather? In view of what he has just said, will the hon. Gentleman look at the matter again in order to try to ensure that water pipes and waste pipes are fitted internally under the grant procedure.

Mr. Corfield

I will certainly do so, but I again emphasise that where the improvement involves the alteration of pipes any extra cost incurred as a result of taking precautions against frost is eligible for grant.