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Housing Waiting Lists

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list by county, the total numbers on housing waiting lists in Northern Ireland categorised as urgent need or A1 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tim Smith : This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. I am advised by its chief executive that the information requested is available only by Housing Executive region. The numbers of applicants with A1 status at 31 March 1994 were as follows :--


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NI housing executive |A1 applicants                            

region                                                         

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Belfast              |557                                      

South East           |325                                      

South                |156                                      

North East           |214                                      

West                 |438                                      

                     |-------                                  

Total                |1,690                                    

Trust Boards

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria social workers will have to meet before being eligible for employment by the new trust boards ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram : Social workers employed by HSS trusts in Northern Ireland will have to meet exactly the same criteria in terms of professional qualifications as social workers employed by the health and social services board in the units of management which remain under the direct management control of boards.

Homelessness

Mr. William O'Brien : To ask the Secretaryof State for Northern Ireland if he will list by county the total numbers of (a) families, (b) single men and (c) single women in Northern Ireland, who were registered as homeless during 1993 and 1994 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tim Smith : This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. I am advised by its chief executive that the information is only available in relation to A1 priority status, by Housing Executive region. The numbers of applicants accepted as homeless during the period 1 April 1993 to 28 February 1994 were :


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Northern Ireland  Number of                                                                                            

housing           applicants accepted                                                                                  

                  as homeless                                                                                          

executive region                                                                                                       

                 |(a) Families    |(b) Single men  |(c) Single women|(d) couples     |(e) Total                        

                                                                    |without children                                  

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Belfast          |495             |169             |177             |36              |877                              

South East       |404             |91              |134             |51              |680                              

South            |299             |71              |103             |35              |508                              

North East       |361             |93              |117             |34              |605                              

West             |545             |122             |186             |69              |922                              

                 |---             |---             |---             |---             |---                              

Total            |2,104           |546             |717             |225             |3,592                            

A further 2,947 applicants were accepted as homeless during the period but were not deemed to be in priority need and not therefore classified as above.

Transport Licensing

Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the work undertaken by the transport licensing enforcement officers in Northern Ireland ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tim Smith : This small but dedicated team of officers works very effectively, in occasionally difficult circumstances, to enforce the licensing requirements of both the Transport Act (Northern Ireland) 1967, and the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981. Their efforts are appreciated by the legitimate haulage and passenger carrying operators who are best placed to provide the public with the services which they require in these important market sectors. The Public Accounts Committee


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also recently commented favourably on the value of this enforcement effort in its report on road safety in Northern Ireland--1993-94 Session, 13th report.

Policing Costs

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the cost per head of population (a) for Northern Ireland and (b) for the United Kingdom of policing the border with the Republic of Ireland ; and what estimates he has made of the comparable cost to the Republic of Ireland.

Sir John Wheeler : The information requested is not available.

United Ireland (Economic Benefits)

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the economic benefits of a United Ireland (a) to the island of Ireland and (b) to Great Britain.

Sir Patrick Mayhew : None.


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Electricity Industry

Mr. McGrady : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the major interruptions to electricity supply in the constituency of South Down which have occurred since 1 April 1990 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tim Smith : None. This is a matter for Northern Ireland Electricity plc in the first instance. In the event that NIE should fail to provide a satisfactory answer the matter can be pursued by the Director General of Electricity Supply for Northern Ireland.

Neil Latimer

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the current position on the case of Neil Latimer ; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Patrick Mayhew : When I responded to the Adjournment debate initiated by the hon. Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone (Mr. Maginnis) on 23


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February, Official Report , columns 408-16, I described my statutory power to refer a case to the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland. The criterion which I would normally expect to be satisfied if I were to refer a case is that there should be some new evidence, or other consideration of substance, which has not previously been before the court and which now appears to cast doubt on the safety of the conviction. I also reiterated the central principle that it is not for Ministers to substitute their own assessment of the evidence in a particular case for that of the courts.

My predecessor referred the cases of Mr. Latimer and his co-accused to the Court of Appeal because forensic tests showed that notes of police interviews with the appellants had been altered and falsely authenticated. Since Mr. Latimer's appeal was dismissed in July 1992 I have received a number of representations asking me again to refer his case to the Court of Appeal, but none has so far provided sufficient grounds to justify such a reference.

I am at present obtaining advice on the further material referred to during the debate and will, as I undertook on 23 February, continue to give these matters the very careful consideration that they merit.


 

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