§ Mr. William Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons with addresses in the Irish Republic have been granted the tenancy of Housing Executive dwellings in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
[pursuant to his reply, 22 January 1985, c. 390]: This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. However, I understand from the chairman that the information is not readily available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information which is available was collected for the year 1983–84 only and relates to external applicants generally — that is, those with addresses anywhere outside Northern Ireland—and is as follows:
Period Number of external applicants housed from the waiting list Number of external applicants housed from the transfer list (i.e., those previously living in public authority housing elsewhere) Year ending 31 March 1984 129 38
In addition, there were 1,135 external applicants—including transfer applications—on the waiting list at 30 September 1984.