Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (58)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

47 Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will re-introduce the first-time buyer’s grant to apply to first-time buyers of new and second hand homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7179/04]

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

The termination of the new house grant scheme, which was announced on 14 November 2002, arose from the necessity, in the context of the 2003 Estimates, for the Government to ensure a sustainable match between expenditure and resources, and to concentrate housing programmes on areas of greatest impact and social need. It is not proposed to review the basis on which the scheme was terminated or to reintroduce the grant.