§ Mr. Steel
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will authorise additional capital expenditure to replace 242W lead piping where water sample results are unsatisfactory and where local authorities, whose non-housing revenue account capital is already committed, are unable to approve grants to properties for this purpose.
§ Mr. Younger
An allowance for such grants was made in the determination of the non-HRA allocation for the current financial year. Any requests for additional non-HRA consent for this purpose in the course of this year will have to be considered in the light of available resources. I shall, of course, take due account of the importance of the replacement of lead plumbing in making allocations for future years.