§ Rev. William McCrea
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he makes of the relative costs of public and private housing when deciding on the level of allocation of resources to public sector housing in the Province; and if he will make a statement.35W
§ Mr. Chris Patten
The cost of houses in the private sector is not a determining factor in the allocation of resources to public sector housing programmes. The Government will continue to ensure, however, that expenditure on public sector programmes and on schemes to encourage the private sector represents good value for money.