§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received since the passing of the Improvements Grants Act, 1969, that property is being purchased cheaply, renovated, and then sold at a considerable profit; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Amery
None in such terms. But with the possibility in mind of substantial demand developing for improvement grants for this purpose, one or two local authorities have suggested that payment should be subject to three-year conditions similar to those in force before the passing of the Housing Act, 1969. I am, however, satisfied that in present circumstances the absence of such conditions is in the best interests of securing much-needed progress with house improvement and of encouraging the growth of owner-occupation.