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Government Assets (Sale)

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those assets in Northern Ireland, owned directly or indirectly by the Government, which his Department intends to sell to private investors; and if he will make a statement.

Northern Ireland Departments have identified their holdings of land and buildings not currently in functional use and I intend to release such property for sale where it is considered unlikely to be required for the public service. I hope to make an announcement shortly about the first major disposal.Some 160,000 houses owned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive have recently been offered for sale to the occupying tenants.