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Homes (Insulation)

Volume 78: debated on Friday 10 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many grants for homes insulation have been given in each year since 1978; and what estimate he has of the number of grants paid to households where one member of the household was in receipt of supplementary benefit.

I am informed by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, which administers the home insulation grant scheme in the Province, that the number of grants paid in each year since 1 December 1978 is as follows:

YearGrants
*1978–791,882
1979–8011,119
1980–817,452
1981–827,267
1982–835,844
1983–844,984
1984–854,999
43,547
* 1 December 1978 to 31 March 1979.
In 1984–85 (the only year for which a figure is available) 850 grants were paid to households of which one or more members were in receipt of supplementary benefit.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of public sector houses which do not benefit from adequate insulation.

This is a matter for the chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive who has advised me that about 47,000 Housing Executive dwellings do not have adequate roof space insulation. There are about 30,000 dwellings which could benefit by having cavity wall insulation but do not at present have such insulation.