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Industrial Training Boards

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the Official Report the estimated expenditure for 1980–81 for each industrial training board and in each case state the amount of financial assistance from public funds.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the estimated expenditure for 1980–81 for each industrial training board and the estimated amount of financial assistance from public funds, is as shown below:by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive there have been in each of the last four months, and for which categories of dwelling; what are the prices and how they are established; and how many dwellings have actually been sold in each of those months.

I understand from the Housing Executive that by 29 February 1980, 20,375 tenants of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive had expressed an interest in purchasing their homes. These applications were received as follows:

October 19799,659
November 19798,389
December 1979672
January 19801,375
February 1980280
20,375
Detailed information is not readily available as to the categories of dwellings included in these applications, but for the present sheltered dwellings, flats and maisonettes are excluded from the sales policy. The price of each house will vary according to its size, location and amenities and to its value (before discount) as assessed by the district valuer. As yet no sales have been completed under the new sales policy, though provisional and formal offers have been made to over 1,600 tenants From November 1979 to February 1980 147 dwellings, which were mainly vacant rural cottages, were sold under the Executive's former sales policy.