Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Housing Grant.

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asked the Minister for Local Government on what grounds an applicant for a housing grant under section 16 of the Housing Act, 1966, may be refused the increased grant owing to the population of the area concerned.

In accordance with the terms of section 16 of the Housing Act, 1966, the increased scale of grant can only be paid in respect of a house provided in a rural area. Rural area is defined in section 2 of the same Act as an area no place in which is within a county borough, borough, urban district, town or non-municipal town. Non-municipal town is defined in the same section as a place, not being a county borough, borough, urban district or town, the population of which, as ascertained by the census of population which for the time being is the last published census of population, exceeds one thousand.