Written Answers. - House Grants.

29.

asked the Minister for the Environment if he will clarify the position concerning the new house buyers grant (details supplied).

Following approval of and application submitted by the house purchaser the £2,250 new house grant becomes payable to the builder in two equal instalments 12 and 18 months after completion of the house. The arrangements made provide that a certificate of approval of the grant is issued to the purchaser who will transfer it to the builder on completion of the sale of the house. In any individual case the reduction in the price of a house to take account of the grant will be a matter for negotiation between the builder and the purchaser. No agreement was entered into with the Banks or the Construction Industry Federation on the level of discounting of the grant that would be appropriate having regard to the time of its payment.

30.

asked the Minister for the Environment if he will approve a house improvement grant in respect of new windows which were installed by a person (details supplied) in County Wexford.

The application in this case has had to be rejected as, contrary to a qualifying condition of the scheme, work had commenced prior to an inspection which was carried out in March 1986.

31.

asked the Minister for the Environment when a new house grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow.

The £2,000 new house grant will be paid when an inspection establishes that the house has been satisfactorily completed and occupied and that all the conditions of the grant scheme have been fulfilled. The file in the case is being referred to the Department's inspector for investigation and report.

32.

asked the Minister for the Environment if he will reconsider a decision to pay a house improvement grant for window replacements to a person (details supplied) in County Wexford.

A grant cannot be allowed as, in accordance with the conditions of the scheme, a period of ten years has not elapsed since the erection of the house.

33.

asked the Minister for the Environment the reason an improvement grant will not be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.

An inspection is being arranged in this case with a view to determining eligibility for a grant. The inspection will be carried out in the next few weeks.

34.

asked the Minister for the Environment when a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan will receive a home improvement grant.

There is no record in the Department of the receipt of an application for a house improvement grant from the person named at the address given. However, an application was received from a person with the same name and from a broadly similar address. In that case the grant will be paid within the next few weeks.

35.

asked the Minister for the Environment if he will arrange to pay a home improvement grant to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

There is no record of the receipt of an application for a house improvement grant from the person named.

36.

asked the Minister for the Environment if he will arrange to pay a new house grant and mortgage subsidy to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

The application in this case was received on 31 October, 1986, and an inspection will be carried out as soon as possible. A grant will be paid when an inspection establishes that the house has been satisfactorily completed and occupied and that all the conditions of the grant scheme have been fulfilled. Payment of the first instalment of the mortgage subsidy will be made following payment of the grant and on receipt of the claim form certified by the lending agency.

37.

asked the Minister for the Environment if he will arrange to pay a home improvement grant to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Payment of the grant will be further considered on receipt of a completed contractor's certificate which has been requested from the applicant in respect of the work carried out.

38.

asked the Minister for the Environment (a) the number of new house grant applications received by his Department since the instigation of the scheme from west Limerick constituency area of County Limerick; (b) the number of reconstruction grant applications received by his Department since the extension of the scheme, from the same area; and the number of grants under (a) and (b) above which have been paid to date.

Statistics in relation to housing grant applications are compiled on a county basis only. By 28 November, 1986, 9 applications had been received from County Limerick for the £2,250 new house grant. No payments have yet arisen.

The number of applications for improvement grants received up to the same date from County Limerick, was 6,114 and the number of such grants, by individual categories, paid up to 31 October was 754.

39.

asked the Minister for the Environment when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be paid his £2,000 new house grant.

asked the Minister for the Environment the reason a person (details supplied) in County Waterford was refused a new house grant.

A grant cannot be paid because the floor area of the house is in excess of the limit of 125 square metres (1,346 square feet) specified by the Housing Regulations 1980.

41.

asked the Minister for the Environment when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be paid a house improvement grant.

Certain information has been requested from the applicant relating to the carrying out of the work and its receipt is awaited.

42.

asked the Minister for the Environment when the special £5,000 housing grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if it will be paid before Christmas.

This grant will be paid within the next few weeks.

43.

asked the Minister for the Environment the reason for the delay in the payment of a reconstruction grant to a person (details supplied) in County Louth which was submitted in March 1986, inspected in May 1986, and a final inspection was carried out in June 1986; the reason four months have elapsed since the final inspection and no payment has been received to date; and if payment will be made before Christmas.

There has been no undue delay in this case. A final inspection was carried out on 9 September 1986 and subsequently it was found necessary to examine certain aspects of the application. Arrangements have been made for payment of a grant of £800 for the replacement of defective windows and doors within the next few weeks.

44.

asked the Minister for the Environment when payment of a house improvement grant will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow.

The grant will be paid within the next few weeks.

45.

asked the Minister for the Environment when a final inspection for a house improvement grant will be carried out for a person (details supplied) in County Carlow.

A final inspection will be carried out within the next few weeks.