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Rural Cottages (Improvement)

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he now expects the rural cottage improvement

buildings in Northern Ireland are Crown buildings or public buildings.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 November 1979]: Schools under the management of education and library boards are public buildings. Schools under the management of voluntary school authorities are in private ownership.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give the reasons for the increase in fees laid down in the Road Traffic and Vehicles, Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1979 (S & O (NI) 1979 No. 320) and publish the accounts for the areas covered by the order for the last three years.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 November 1979]: The range of fees applying to the approved driving instructors' scheme was revised to take account of increased costs since fees were last revised in December 1976 and to bring them into line with those applying in Great Britain.The income from these fees over the past three financial years is as follows:scheme to be completed; and how many cottages remain to be improved.

[pursuant to his reply, 13 November 1979]: About 2,000 rural cottages remain unimproved and discussions are in progress between the Department of the Environment and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive about ways of improving the living conditions of the tenants concerned. A precise estimate of how long the rural cottage improvement scheme will take to complete cannot be given.