HC Deb 05 May 1988 vol 132 c567W
Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if the Government have completed their consultations on the proposed new expenditure limits for grant eligible reinstatement works under the housing defects legislation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave

I am most grateful to all those who responded to our consultation proposals. We have, as a result, been able to settle the final figures for each designated house type. Our suggestion that the limits should be revised within a structure of four main costs bands was widely welcomed, as indeed were most of the details. Some concern was expressed on whether £27,000 would be sufficient for repairs to the "Reema Hollow Panel" house and we have therefore decided instead to place that type within the top £31,000 cost band.

The new limits will therefore be as follows:

House type New limit £ Present limit £
Local designations and any new designations 14,000 14,000
Cornish Unit: 1 storey PRC 17,000 14,000
Dorran: 1 storey PRC 16,000
Gregory 14,000
Myton: I storey PRC 16,000
Newland: 1 storey PRC 16,000
Tarran: 1 storey PRC 14,000
Unity and Butterley: 1 storey PRC 20,000
Wessex: 1 storey PRC 24,000
Cornish Unit: 2 storey PRC 23,000 16,000
Stent 20,000
Unity and Butterley: 2 storey PRC 20,000
Airey 27,000 16,000
Boswell 14,000
Dorran: 2 storey PRC 16,000
Dyke 24,000
Myton: 2 storey PRC 16,000
Newland: 2 storey PRC 16,000
Schindler and Hawksley SGS 24,000
Smith 20,000
Stonecrete 16,000
Tarran: 2 storey PRC 14,000
Underdown 20,000
Waller 24,000
Wates 20,000
Winget 20,000
Boot 31,000 20,000
Orlit 24,000
Parkinson 20,000
Reema Hollow Panel 20,000
Wessex: 2 storey PRC 24,000
Woolaway 20,000

These new limits should enable local authorities themselves to decide the appropriate level of grant, in the majority of cases, without further reference to the Department.

The parliamentary order implementing these new limits has now been made by my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment and for Wales and, provided Parliament is content, will come into operation on Tuesday 31 May. My officials will be writing to local authorities, home owners groups and repairers to make sure that all those with an interest are fully aware of the changes.