§ Mr. Crawford
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what powers the Agrement Board possesses concerning official approval of materials for use in home insulation;
(2) what provisions exist in the Homes Insulation Act to allow manufacturers of insulation materials to appeal against decisions of the Agrement Board concerning the Board's refusal to give official certification to home insulation materials.
§ Mr. Armstrong:
The answer to both Questions is"None ".
The Homes Insulation Act empowers the Secretary of State to prepare schemes which shall specify the insulation works for which grant is to be available. In order to provide guidance and protection for householders it is the Secretary of State's intention to amend the first scheme to specify insulation products acceptable for the purposes of the scheme. In so doing he will have regard to the results of independent assessments of insulation products by the Agrement Board and the British Standards Institution.