§ Mr. McGrady
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what basis of need tenants are selected by housing associations in Northern Ireland; arid what additional provisions are made to ensure that such tenancies are allocated on the basis of housing needs.
§ Mr. Needham
Registered housing associations in Northern Ireland operate housing selection schemes based on the Housing Executive's tenant selection procedures. Some additions and revisions to individual schemes have been approved by the Department of the Environment (NI) in recognition of the specialist nature of many associations currently operating in the Province.
The Department monitors regularly the management of each association's day-to-day affairs, including the operation of its selection schemes to ensure that tenancies are allocated in accordance with approved schemes.
Unregistered housing associations operate in the private housing sector and are not under the control of the Department of the Environment (NI).