Mr. John David Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the number of architectural staff employed by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; and what was the number of dwellings approved in new Housing Executive contracts in each of the past 10 years.
§ Mr. Needham
This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive but I understand from the chairman that the information on the numbers of architectural staff employed by the executive is not available in the precise form requested. The following figures for the past six years include not only architects and architectural technicians, but administrative staff working in support of architectural staff.
Year ending Number of staff 1980–81 162 1981–82 167 1982–83 193 1983–84 204 1984–85 208 1985–86 207
Details of dwellings approved in new Housing Executive contracts in each of the past 10 years are provided in table 4 to "Northern Ireland Housing Statistics" published by the Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland) earlier this month. I have arranged for copies of this publication to be placed in the Library.