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Housing Executive

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in regard to the de-centralisation of the Housing Executive ; and if he will make a statement.

The Housing Executive's management structure has been regionalised and the reorganised structure is now, with only a few exceptions, complete.Regionalisation has proceeded on the principle that the Executive is a single body with overall responsibilities throughout Northern Ireland. There continues to be a need for a strong central authority to deal with matters of policy, to ensure uniformity of standards and procedures, and to allocate performance targets and resources of staff and money to meet these targets. But it is equally recognised that regional management should have sufficient delegated authority to meet their centrally determined targets and standards.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total collectable rents of the Housing Executive; how much is actually collected; and what proportion of the annual collection is spent on payment of salaries, wages and associated costs.

This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and I will ask the chairman of the executive to write to the hon. Member.