Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Housing Grants and Loans.

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asked the Minister for Local Government the amount paid (a) in private and public housing grants and (b) in private and public housing loans in each of the years 1967-68 and 1968-69; and if he will now guarantee no reduction under the same headings in the coming year.

Private housing grants and subsidies for local authority housing paid by the Government and local authorities in 1967-68 and 1968-69 were £12,320,000 and £13,100,000, respectively. Expenditure, financed largely by loans, on local authority housing, houses provided by the National Building Agency and other State agencies and on house purchase and reconstruction loans totalled £20,420,000 and £24,410,000 respectively in the same years. The provision for these items in 1970-71 has not yet been settled but it is unlikely to be less than the sums mentioned.