§ Mr. McGrady
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to ensure that the housing associations assist the Housing Executive in meetings its duties to the homeless under the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1988.
§ Mr. Atkins
Registered associations are required to give priority on their waiting lists to applicants who qualify for group A status under the executive's selection scheme. This includes applicants who are accepted as homeless by the Housing Executive.
The Department regularly monitors the management of each assocation's day-to-day affairs, including the operation of their selection schemes to ensure that tenancies are allocated in accordance with approved schemes.