asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many houses have been sold to tenants by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; and what are the prospects for further sales.
Between April 1974 and 31 March 1980 the Housing Executive sold 1,985 dwellings, about 1,550 of which were to sitting tenants, the remainder being sold with vacant possession. Under the new sales policy implemented by the Executive in October 1979, about 22,000 tenants have now applied to purchase their homes, and valuations have been made in about 13,000 of these cases. On 31 March 1980 formal offers had been made in 1,151 cases and of these 790 had been accepted. Applications are being processed by the Executive as quickly as possible.