HC Deb 26 March 1976 vol 908 cc306-7W
Mr. George

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will raise the rateable value limits on grants to owner-occupiers for ordinary improvement works from £175 to £225 for areas outside Greater London.

Mr. Freeson

As I indicated in reply to the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight (Mr. Ross) on 17th March—[Vol. 907, c. 1300.]—I am considering whether any changes in the rules are needed, but I am not able to announce any further proposals at this stage.

Mr. Arnold Shaw

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proportion of all householders, and what proportion of new Commonwealth householders, have applied for improvement grants.

Mr. Armstrong

Numbers of applications for grant are not collected. During the last 10 years renovation grants were approved for 855,000 owner-occupier householders in England and Wales representing nearly 9 per cent. of the total stock of owner-occupied dwellings. Grant approvals to new Commonwealth householders are not distinguished from those to other householders.