Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (810)

Trevor Sargent

Question:

928 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will evaluate the effect of the grant to carry out remedial works on buildings to prevent damage to health from radon gas; if he will reinstate the grant in view of the estimated 200 deaths per year due to the breathing in of this gas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1205/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

As the proposed radon remediation grant scheme in respect of domestic dwellings was never introduced, the question of evaluating its effect, or reinstating it, does not arise. Due to budgetary constraints, my Department is not in a position to introduce such a grant scheme. In relation to remediation options, I refer to the reply to Question No. 5 of 16 October 2003.