§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Darlington (Mr. Milburn) of 11 December 1992,Official Report, column 835, about the take-up of grants under the home energy efficiency scheme, what plans he has to improve access to, and take-up of, the scheme in London.
§ Mr. Maclean
The home energy efficiency scheme is a nationwide scheme and access to the grant in London is the same as elsewhere. Take-up in London has been lower than in other parts of the country but is now beginning to improve. Neighbourhood energy action is undertaking a study into the causes of the low take-up in London and I await the results of that study with interest.