Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (165)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

165 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the funding his Department has provided to Dublin City Council in each of the past three years for extensions to their existing housing stock; the number of extensions in each of these years that this represents; if he has had discussions since taking office with the city council regarding the level of unmet need in this category; the outcome of these discussions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2604/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Information requested on funding is set out in the following table:

Year

Amount

2001

2,315,800

2002

845,400

2003

3,275,700

Information in relation to activity under the extension provision scheme for each local authority is published is my Department's quarterly and annual housing statistics bulletin, copies of which are available in the Oireachtas Library.

Local authorities, including Dublin City Council, have delegated authority to provide extensions under the scheme at a cost of up to €75,000 without the prior approval of my Department. It is a matter for Dublin City Council to determine the eligibility of individual applicants, and to determine the level of the annual programme under the scheme.