§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government when he will announce his policy regarding the making, in the North-West, of grants to cover about three-quarters of the cost of rehabilitating houses, of 30 to 60 years of age, in selected areas, which with improvement can have a considerably longer life; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. MacColl
Proposals for increasing the maximum amounts of improvement grants and extending their scope were announced in the White Paper, Old Houses into New Homes. No change was proposed in the 50 per cent. rate of grant, since the Government think it right that owners should retain a substantial interest in the improvement and maintenance of their property. However, the grant limits proposed are more generous than ever before and the proposals have been generally welcomed.