§ Mr. Tim Smith
The Government are committed to securing equality of opportunity and equity of treatment for all people in Northern Ireland through the elimination of unlawful discrimination and the promotion of fair treatment.
The policy appraisal and fair treatment principles will be taken into account throughout the period of the housing policy review. Comments have been invited from a wide range of housing interests including constitutional political parties, public bodies, the voluntary sector and disabled groups.
Existing policies and any new policies arising from the housing policy review will be subject to the PAFT principles and procedures.
§ Mr. Hume
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the proportionate religious breakdown of heads of household in Northern Ireland who are(a) owner occupiers, (b) Housing Executive tenants and (c) housing association tenants; and what is the breakdown for the population as a whole.
§ Sir John Wheeler
The information requested is shown in the tables. 443W
Table 2 Proportionate religion breakdown of Northern Ireland usually resident population Religion Number Proportion Total population 1,577,836 1.0000 Roman Catholic 605,639 0.3838 Presbyterian 336,891 0.2135 Church of Ireland 279,280 0.1770 Methodist 59,517 0.0377 Other denomination 122,448 0.0776 None 59,234 0.0375 Not stated 114,827 0.0728
§ Mr. Ancram
The proportion of Housing Executive tenants receiving housing benefit is 73 per cent. or 110,331; 55 per cent. or 82,660 receive maximum housing benefit.
Information in respect of housing association tenants could be provided only at disproportionate cost.