Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Housing Executive carries out emergency repairs to(a) executive homes and (b) private properties following damage by terrorist bombs.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Assistance is available under the first-aid repair scheme for householders whose dwellings have been damaged as a result of terrorist activity. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive operates the scheme for public sector housing. The Department of the Environment at present deals with privately owned residential properties.
The Housing Executive maintains a 24-hour emergency call-out service which renders immediate remedial work to weatherproof all dwellings, public and private, as a result of criminal damage.