§ Mr. Michael Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consideration he has given to including within the provision of improvement grant the cost of conversion from cesspit or septic tank to main drain.
§ Mr. Kaufman
Under the Housing Act 1974 local authorities are free to decide for themselves whether such work should attract improvement grant. My right hon. Friend has, however, advised local authorities, in DOE Circular 160/74, that works of conversion from septic tanks or cesspools to main drainage may be grant aided if they form part of a comprehensive scheme of improvement to a dwelling.