§ Mr. Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he plans any reduction in the amount available in Scotland under the homes insulation scheme for 1985–86.
§ Mr. Ancram
The total amount available for allocation to local authorities in 1985–86 for grants under the Homes Insulation Scheme is about £0.7 million less than in 1984–85. This is because authorities have consistently underspent in recent years. The amount available for distribution in 1985–86 should certainly be sufficient to meet the anticipated demand for grant, both for first-time insulation and for the topping up of existing insulation.