§ 93. Mr. Selwyn Gummer
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent steps his Department has taken to develop and promote the use of district heating for housing and other developments, thereby reducing atmospheric pollution.
§ Mr. Amery
My Department is conducting and promoting research into various aspects of district heating, including a major study by the Heating and Ventilating Research Association.
Local authorities are responsible for deciding whether to incorporate district heating in their housing schemes. Where they so decide, additional loan sanction is made available over the housing cost yardstick if the district heating scheme appears to offer significant savings.