HC Deb 05 February 1973 vol 850 cc13-4
13. Mr. Alec Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations have been made to him to extend the time limit of June 1974 for the payment of 75 per cent. home improvement grants in Wales; and what replies he has sent.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I have had representations from several local authorities, from two local authority associations and from some hon. Gentlemen opposite. In reply I have generally noted the representations and referred to the Housing (Amendment) Bill now in another place.

Mr. Jones

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that the rigid date of June 1974 is having disastrous effects upon improvement grants in the valleys of South Wales? Is he aware that unless the time limit is removed many thousands of people will be called upon to repay larger sums for home improvements and that many more thousands of people will be denied the opportunity to carry out essential improvements?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I am pleased to hear that the hon. Gentleman thinks so well of the Government's policy in this direction. However, so long as the Bill is in another place it is not opportune to discuss yet another extension.

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