Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (372, 373)

Emmet Stagg

Question:

498 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will bring in the relevant provisions of the Local Government Act (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3132/04]

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

The relevant statutory provisions are set out in Part 17 of the Local Government Act 2001. While these provisions have not yet been commenced due to a heavy legislative work programme in 2003, I hope to be in a position to commence these and other relevant provisions of the Act during the course of the year so that any proposal for the establishment of a town council can then be considered within this new statutory framework.

A reply to the correspondence attached to the question issued from my Department on 19 January.

Questions Nos. 499 to 501, inclusive, answered with Question No. 467.

Jack Wall

Question:

502 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of applicants on the Kildare County Council housing list for Kildare town; the number on the list for the rest of the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3136/04]

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The results of the statutory assessment of local authority housing need, which was undertaken by local authorities in March 2002, indicated that a total of 48,413 households were in need of housing. Detailed information on the results of the 2002 assessment was published in my Department's September 2002 quarterly edition of the Housing Statistics Bulletin, copies of which are available in the Oireachtas Library.

Kildare town is not a separate housing authority area. Separate information in relation to the number of households in need of housing in Kildare town is not therefore available in my Department.

Question No. 503 answered with QuestionNo. 467.