§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to introduce new housing legislation for Northern Ireland; and what prior consultation he is having.
§ Mr. Concannon
A proposal for a draft Housing (Northern Ireland) Order in Council which was prepared following wide consultation with interested parties in Northern Ireland was published on 3rd June 1976. The main purposes of the Order will be to develop the rôle of the voluntary housing movement, to provide for grants for house renovation and to deal with areas of housing stress and with unoccupied premises. I have invited comment by 1st July 1976 on the pro-676W posal and have written to all Northern Ireland hon. Members and other hon. Members, including the hon. Member for Epping Forest (Mr. Biggs-Davison), inviting them to discuss the proposal before the draft Order which my right hon. Friend hopes to lay before the House in July is finalised.