HC Deb 29 November 1972 vol 847 cc138-9W
52. Mr. Stallard

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what further information he has received from the London area concerning possible abuses of improvement grants.

Mr. Eyre

My right hon. and learned Friend has received a letter dated 15th November from the hon. Member on this subject, to which he has asked me to send a reply in due course.

53. Mr. Milne

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will introduce legislation to raise the level of grants obtainable to owner occupiers and extend the date for the operation of the Housing Act 1969 beyond its present termination date of 23rd June, 1974.

Mr. Channon

I have no plans at present to raise the improvement grant ceilings beyond their current levels. The Housing (Amendment) Bill, introduced on 1st November, proposes to extend for a further year until 23th June, 1974 the higher rates of house improvement grant given under the Housing Act 1971. This is a once-for-all extension.