HC Deb 28 November 1973 vol 865 cc148-9W
47. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consideration he has given to changing the present policy of building new houses without chimney flues ; and whether he will vary the present cost yardstick to enable local authorities to provide flues in their new houses.

Mr. Channon

All new local authority housing must comply with the minimum Parker Morris standard for heating. The method which individual authorities choose to meet that standard is a matter for them, but there is nothing in the Department's cost control procedures which discriminates against the use of solid fuel heating.