§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why applications for home improvement grants must be refused for a period of one year to purchasers of properties that have previously been rented.
§ Mr. Armstrong
This condition was introduced by the Housing Act 1974 to prevent abuses. The Green Paper on housing policy (Cmnd 6851) has proposed that its mandatory application in general improvement areas and housing action areas, which in practice has caused some hardship, should be abolished.