§ Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in order to ensure that reasonable standards are adhered to by builders of subsidy houses, if he will consider strengthening the rules applicable to a builder or architect responsible for the erection of owner-occupier houses and for the protection of purchasers.
§ Mr. Carter
The Housing (Owner Occupation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1973, the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 and the 10-year certificate issued by the National House Building Council (Northern Ireland) make provision for ensuring that subsidy houses are constructed to a proper standard. The Northern Ireland Department of the Environment is discussing with the Northern Ireland Committee of the National House Building Council what further measures may be necessary to give purchasers adequate protection96W against defects and builders who fail to deal adequately with purchasers' complaints.