§ Mr. Dunlop
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the circumstances under which the Housing Executive will grant a house to an applicant who owns a private house that is not threatened with demolition, is in good repair and does not involve movement from one district to another.
§ Mr. Carter
The Northern Ireland Housing Executive allocates dwellings in accordance with a scheme approved by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland under section 25 of the Housing Executive Act (Northern Ireland) 1971. The scheme provides thatA person who has sold or proposes to sell a house in which he resides, has resided, could reside, or could have resided, will, until the expiration of 3 years from the date of such sale, have points assessed as though he was residing in such house unless the Executive is satisfied that:—
- (a) such house is inadequate (whether by reason of size, condition, situation or otherwise) for the needs of the applicant: or
- (b) there were urgent and compelling reasons for such sale."