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Divis Flats

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will ascertain from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive the total number of dwellings to be demolished at Divis Flats, the total number of tenants in arrears and the total amount of the arrears in the section to be demolished; what steps will be taken to collect arrears; whether or not those tenants in arrears will be allocated a new dwelling while in arrears; and how this policy compares with the policy in the South-Eastern region with regard to allocations to those in arrears.

These are primarily matters for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, but I understand that 172 dwellings will disappear with demolition of the Whitehall and Farset blocks in the Divis Flats complex and that the total arrears of tenants in these blocks at 18 April 1980 was £44,624.