§ Mr. Jim Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his timetable for the completion of the demolition and redevelopment of the Divis flats complex in Belfast.
§ Mr. Needham
This is a matter for the Housing Executive. Its renewal strategy for Divis flats, which I accepted in 1986, provides for phased implementation over a period of seven to 10 years, subject to periodic review. A phased implementation is required in order, mainly, to meet tenants' preference to remain within their existing communities which cannot be fully met by the construction of new housing in an already heavily populated area.