HC Deb 21 May 1980 vol 985 cc236-7W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what percentage of the cost of insulating his work premises an employer can receive in grants at present; and if he will consider raising the level of grants available especially for small businesses.

Mr. David Mitchell

Under the energy conservation scheme grants of 25 per cent. are available towards the cost of insulating premises, provided that the cost of the project is at least £3,000 and that certain other criteria are met. Assistance in the form of regional development grant may be available in certain areas. I have no plans for changing the present level of grants nor for reducing the £3,000 threshold because of the additional administrative costs which would be involved.