§ 19. Mr. J. Enoch Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what change of circumstances has made it necessary for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to ration expenditure upon house repair and improvement grants by deferring approval of such applications; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Chris Patten
Increased demand has made it necessary for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to introduce a priority system for processing approvals of improvement and repair grants, in order to ensure that spending on renovation grants is kept within its allocated budget of £40 million for 1983–84.