asked Her Majesty's Government:
When it is intended to demolish the Orlit houses in the North Down area following the Housing Executive's acceptance that they are beyond permanent repair; and whether in view of the fact that though they are substandard, no improvements will be made to the houses prior to demolition, they will authorise the Housing Executive to bring into effect a reduction in rents until such time as the tenants can be re-housed.
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Lyell)
I am advised by the Chairman of the Housing Executive that replacement of the Orlit houses at Donaghadee which have an estimated life of 5 to 10 years is under consideration following consultation with residents. Proposals have not yet been submitted to the Department of the Environment for approval. The Orlits at Comber have an estimated life of 10 to 15 years and a strategy for that group is also being drawn up by the Housing Executive. In the meantime both groups of Orlits are receiving a full maintenance service. There is therefore640WA no case for a reduction in rent. However, where, following a decision to demolish any group of Orlits, the executive introduces a restricted maintenance service, then the rents of those Orlits will be frozen from the date of the restriction.