HC Deb 16 February 1970 vol 796 c52W
Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if, in order to accelerate the improvement of houses in Wales, he will introduce legislation to exempt central heating systems from liability to local rates.

Mr. Denis Howell

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to the Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Bebington (Mr. Brooks) on 16th December. The liability for increased rates is small compared with the cost of the heating installation which gives rise to it, and I do not think people are thereby deterred from improving their houses in this way.—[Vol. 793, c.268.]