§ Rev. Martin Smyth
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the review being carried out by officials of housing benefits in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
[pursuant to his reply, 4 June 1985, c. 140]: The review team of officials issued a consultative document requesting written evidence in June 1984. Submissions were received from a wide range of interested local bodies and individuals and representatives of a number of organisations also gave oral evidence. The subsequent report was made available to the Great Britain housing benefit review team so that the Northern Ireland team's views could be taken into account in framing recommendations.