§ Mr. Rost
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has given any guidance to local authorities as to the speed with which they should (a) approve applications from contractors and (b) make payments of grants to contractors under the Homes Insulation Act; and if he will make a statement.
§ Sir George Young
My right hon. Friend has issued no specific guidance to local authorities as to the speed with which they approve applications and make grant payments under the Homes Insulation Act.
Responsibility for processing applications and claims lies with local authorities themselves, but we would expect cases to be dealt with expeditiously.