Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Jack Wall

Question:

345 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is being penalised by their local authority in relation to the first-time buyer's grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19205/03]

Applications under the new house grant scheme, which was terminated as and from 14 November 2002, were required to be received in my Department on or before 4 December 2002. As no application was received on or before that date, a new house grant cannot be allowed in this case. Under the conditions of the scheme as published, the person acquiring ownership of a house was required to lodge an application for the grant, whether or not assigned to another, with my Department.