§ Q8. Mr. Hargreaves
asked the Prime Minister if she has any plans to pay an official visit to Oswaldtwistle.
§ Mr. Hargreaves
The people of the Quadrangle area of Oswaldtwistle will share my disappointment at that reply. Does my right hon. Friend agree that home improvement grants are the most cost-effective method of providing decent houses for our people? If so, will she have a final word with our right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer so that he also gets the message?
§ The Prime Minister
Home improvement grants have been an excellent way of renovating many houses. and the level is still comparatively high compared with what it was when we came to office. A number of good rehabilitation schemes involving housing associations and the Housing Corporation have raised the standard of housing in my hon. Friend's area. Instead of bringing the bulldozer in, they have done up some terraced houses, to the great benefit of the people who live there.