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Mr. Beggs : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action is being taken by Her Majesty's Government to assist tenants of houses in Unity street, Carrickfergus, to purchase these properties from the Charles Legg Trust.
Mr. Cope : The solicitor acting on behalf of some of the tenants of houses belonging to the Charles Legg Trust in Unity Street, Carrickfergus, has brought this matter to the attention of the Department of Finance and Personnel. There are apparently no effective trustees at present. The Department is therefore making inquiries with a view to the appointment of the new trustees, who will be in a position to deal with the tenants' application for the purchase of the properties in question.
Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he last met representatives of the National Union of Students and the Union of Students in Northern Ireland to discuss top-up loans for students ; and if he will make a statement.
Dr. Mawhinney : No such meetings have taken place. However, I discussed top-up loans at a recent meeting with representatives of the university of Ulster which included members of the university's students union.
Column 318year 1 April 1988 to 31 March 1989 and from 1 April 1989 to 31 October in respect of the social fund by central Government ; how much of this amount was actually spent in each office ; and whether the Government will carry out a review of the social fund system in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : Allocations are made for a full year. Information on the amounts allocated for 1988-89 and 1989-90 and on monthly expenditure is available in the Library. The Government continue to monitor the operation of the social fund, but there are no plans for a review of the scheme.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people claiming Irish nationality are currently employed as (a) full- time members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and (b) members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary reserve.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total number of people whose applications for employment for the post of traffic warden were refused by the Northern Ireland police authority on the grounds that they did not hold British nationality since 1980.
Mr. Cope : The Police Authority for Northern Ireland has advised me that the total number is not known as records are not maintained in the form requested. However, the hon. Member will be aware that one recent application has been refused on nationality grounds.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the total number of people who were refused employment as full-time members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary on the grounds that they did not hold British nationality since 1980.
Mr. Cope : This information is not available. People, including those who are not British citizens, are eligible for appointment to the Royal Ulster Constabulary or any other United Kingdom police force providing that they are able to fulfil the criteria set out in my answer to the right hon. Member for Strangford (Mr. Taylor) in the Official Report on 16 November 1989, at column 401.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people who have been in receipt of attendance allowance at either (a) the higher rate or (b) the lower rate have had their attendance allowance reduced in each year since 1983.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : The number of people receiving either the higher or lower rate of attendance allowance who were not awarded any further allowance at the renewal stage of their claims was as follows :