§ Mr. Duncan Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what the total amount of money available is under the home energy efficiency scheme in the current winter to help meet the cost of loft, tank and pipe insulation, draught proofing and energy advice; 
(2) what is the maximum award available under the home energy efficiency scheme. 
§ Angela Eagle
[holding answer 10 November 1997]: The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme helps vulnerable families keep warmer and use less energy by paying grant, to a maximum of £315, towards the cost of improving the 487W energy efficiency standards of their homes. The measures available are loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, controls for heating systems, draught proofing, energy efficient lamps and water tank insulation. In addition, personal advice on energy use is offered. The scheme is open to householders who receive income-related benefits, disability allowances or are aged 60 or over; £75.1 million has been allocated to it in 1997–98. Expenditure is spread evenly throughout the year for
maximum efficiency. I shall review the scheme shortly to check that it is helping the people who need it most. I will also ensure that it complements effectively the home insulation schemes to assist pensioners which I expect to emerge from our Capital receipts and Environment Task Force initiatives.