HC Deb 04 April 1979 vol 965 cc865-6W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will consider increasing to 80 per cent, the level of house improvement grant payable in housing action areas and full grant areas.

Mr. Armstrong

While we have no immediate proposals for any increase in the present basic rate of 75 per cent, payable in housing action areas or the rates payable elsewhere, the Housing Bill includes wide powers for the Secretary of State to vary grant rates to meet the needs of particular areas or categories of case.