Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Austin Deasy

Ceist:

40 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for the Environment if his attention has been drawn to the severe housing crisis in Waterford city and county including Dungarvan town, and if he will outline his plans to alleviate the position.

Ceist:

92 Mr. O'Sullivan asked the Minister for the Environment if he will make a statement in regard to Cork city's housing crisis, in view of the fact that there are 300 applicants on the waiting list and that building of local authority housing has come to a standstill.

Jim Higgins

Ceist:

98 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment if his attention has been drawn to the chronic housing problems being encountered by local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 40, 92 and 98 together.

I refer to my statement of 1 May last opening the Second Stage debate in his House on the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 1992, which sets out, in overall terms, policy and progress in regard to meeting social housing needs.

I am, of course, aware of the housing situation in individual housing authority areas and information on progress under all of the social housing measures is given for each area in my Department's quarterly Housing Statistics Bulletins which are available in the Oireachtas Library.

With particular reference to the local authority house building programme, I refer to my reply to Question No. 29 on today's Order Paper.