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Royal Visit (1977)

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the advice given or instructions issued by the

built Housing Executive houses now and in February 1978 are as follows:

Type of dwelling

Current weekly economic rent

Economic rent February 1978




The current economic rent quoted for a new four-person house is greater than that for a new five-person property since the former are mostly built in Belfast where contract prices are higher. The average of the rents actually charged for all Housing Executive houses now and in February 1978 is as follows:

give the corresponding figures after omitting days lost through stoppages affecting the whole of the United Kingdom.

[pursuant to his reply, 12 November 1979]: The information is as follows:Department of Education regarding the closure of schools for the visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Northern Ireland in 1977; and what discretion was given to school principals.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 November 1979]: The visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Northern Ireland in 1977 took place on 10 and 11 August during normal school holidays. However, the Department of Education for Northern Ireland advised all school authorities that 7 June 1977, which had been declared an additional public holiday to mark the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen's accession to the Throne, should be regarded as additional to those holidays which are otherwise authorised under the Department's regulations for schools. The matter of discretion did not arise.