§ Mr. Ancram
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he is taking to encourage conservation of energy in Scotland; and, in particular, what measures he is taking to encourage home insulation.
§ Mr. Alexander Fletcher
Responsibility for policies of energy conservation in the United Kingdom and for publicity for them rests with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy.
The Scottish Office implements these policies in Scotland in functional areas for which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland is responsible and as agent for the Department of Energy in certain other fields.
As regards home insulation, grants are available to owners, tenants and landlords in the private sector and to tenants in the public sector towards the cost of providing basic insulation in uninsulated houses. District and islands authorities are encouraged to give priority to the insulation of their uninsulated housing stock and provision has been included for this purpose in their capital expenditure allocation for 1980–81.