§ Dame Irene Ward
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will appoint appropriate consultants to advise what temperature is necessary for health and comfort for the elderly, sick and disabled, having regard to the fact that voluntary organisations awarding financial grants regard a temperature of 70 degrees as essential.
§ Sir K. Joseph
I see no need to do so. I have this week issued a leaflet to local authorities giving simple guidance to those engaged in helping old people to keep warm in winter. This suggests that the living room temperature should be about 70°F when the temperature outside is 30°F.