Written Answers. - Affordable Housing.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

117 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of affordable houses likely to arise for first-time homeseekers in County Kildare; if the needs of this category will be met in 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10324/00]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

118 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he has sought or received information from Kildare County Council on the number of house starts under the affordable housing process announced by him; if he has sought or received information indicating the likely number of these houses to be provided in each town or village in 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10325/00]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

120 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of houses likely to become available under the affordable housing process on a monthly basis for the remainder of the year; the number which became available to date in 2000 on a monthly basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10327/00]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

131 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of houses which have been completed and occupied since inception of the affordable housing scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10339/00]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

132 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the number of houses advertised for occupation by the various local authorities under the Government's programme of affordable housing; the number of these houses to be occupied in 2000; the number occupied to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10340/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 117, 118, 120, 131 and 132 together.

In relation to the provision of affordable housing in Kildare, I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 247 to 249, inclusive, of 29 February 2000. The position has not changed.

Details regarding the affordable housing scheme have been requested from all local authorities, including Kildare, as part of overall monitoring of the scheme. Details of activity under the scheme, such as numbers of houses completed, commenced and in progress will be available on a quarterly basis, similar to other social housing schemes, and will be published in my Department's quarterly and annual housing statistics bulletin commencing with the March 2000 quarterly bulletin.

The affordable housing scheme was launched in March 1999 and some 40 houses were completed under the scheme by the end of the year. To date, a further 124 houses are under construction and approximately 1,800 are at various stages of planning.

The allocation of dwellings under the affordable housing scheme is a matter for individual local authorities and such information is not available in my Department.