Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Thursday, 5 November 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 496 No. 2

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  131.  Mr. McGuinness  Information on John McGuinness  Zoom on John McGuinness   asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   if he will investigate the cases of persons (details supplied) in County Wexford, all of whom have been refused a grant from his Department due to the fact that a material (details supplied) was used in the construction of their homes; if he will reconsider the decision in view of the fact that the contractor ceased using this product when he was informed by his Department and the houses concerned had already been completed; and if he will arrange an immediate investigation and payment of the grants. [22258/98]

  132.  Mr. McGuinness  Information on John McGuinness  Zoom on John McGuinness   asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government  Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey   the reason the use of a material (details supplied) is disallowed under his Department's house grant scheme in view of the fact that the product carries European specification and is accepted by the EU; and if he will review the decision of his Department and accept the EU guidelines on the product. [22260/98]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Molloy): Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  I propose to take Questions Nos. 131 and 132 together.

I would refer to my replies to Questions Nos. 577, 578 and 579 of the 30 September 1998. There is no satisfactory evidence before my Department that this material conforms to the draft harmonised European specification [pr EN 12318 — 1] of the European Standards Organisation [CEN] for polyethylene pipe. My Department has had no communication from the EU Commission expressing a reasoned opinion on the acceptability, or otherwise, of this product. Accordingly, the position in regard to the non-payment [413] of grants for houses incorporating this material remains as set out in the reply referred to.


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