Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Session 2003-2004

6 February 2004

Social Housing Provision in Northern Ireland

New Sub-committee Inquiry gets underway

The Sub-committee set up by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee to undertake inquiries into matters that previously fell within the remit of the Assembly has agreed the terms of reference of its initial inquiry.

The inquiry will examine the effectiveness of current housing provision in Northern Ireland with particular emphasis on social housing.

It will wish to look into the following issues:

• the rising demand for social housing;

• the continuing decline in the supply of social housing; and

• the quality of housing stock.

The Sub-committee may also choose to examine other associated issues which arise in the course of the inquiry.

The Sub-committee wishes to invite any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence. This should be addressed to the Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 7 Millbank, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA and should arrive no later than 10.00 am on Friday 19 March 2004.

Individuals or organisations are requested to submit memoranda (guideline length up to six A4 pages) in a Word file on computer disk or by e-mail to with a single additional hard copy in the post; those without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.