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Rents

Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many grant applications made by landlords under the provisions of the Rent Order (Northern Ireland) 1979 and submitted between the inception of the order and the end of October have not yet been processed;(2) how many grants have been paid out in respect of applications made by landlords who have responded to the issuing of certificates of disrepair under the provisions of the Rent Order (Northern Ireland) 1978, from its inception until the end of October.

[Pursuant to his reply, 5 December 1979, c. 235]: These are matters for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I will ask the Executive to write to the hon. Member.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will transfer the responsibility for processing grant applications by landlords under the provisions of the Rent Order (Northern Ireland) 1978, to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, in accordance with the recommendations of the health committee of the Belfast city council.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 December 1979, c. 235]: The Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 places responsibility for the administration of the repair, intermediate and improvement grants schemes on the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. The Executive has entered into an agreement with Belfast city council for the council to administer certain aspects of the repair grants scheme as its agent. I understand that on 3 December the city council ratified a recommendation from the council's health committee that the processing of grants arising from certificates of disrepair should be handed back to the Executive, and I understand that the council and the Executive will be discussing this proposal.