§ Mr. Clifford Forsythe
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will call for a report from the Housing Executive on the breakdown of charges made for district heating on the Springfarm estate, Antrim, including information as to the fuel, maintenance and other components of such charges.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
[pursuant to his reply, 15 July 1985, c. 45]: I understand from the chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that the current weekly budget charges for district heating in the Springfarm estate, Antrim. are as follows:
£ 2 Person Dwelling 10.78 3 Person Dwelling 13.10 4 Person Dwelling 14.79 5–6 Person Dwelling 17.66
The average weekly budget charge is £15.57 and can be broken down as follows:
£1.59 standing charge — to cover transmission losses, heat management charges (including maintenance within the boilerhouse) electricity, rates, insurance and meter reading charges; £1.60 hot water charge; and £7.38 variable charge to cover heat consumption, based on fuel costs and an annual allowance for heat consumption.