Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities how many homes in the ownership of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive are on the asbestos register; and what work is being done to remove the asbestos.
Minister for Communities: The Housing Executive has advised that it currently has 47,442 properties on its asbestos register in which the presence of asbestos has been confirmed. The Housing Executive has a re-inspection programme in place to review the condition of Asbestos Containing Materials in its properties and if any are found to be damaged or have been disturbed the Housing Executive will arrange for it to be removed by trained and licensed operatives. This also applies when the Housing Executive is carrying out repairs or improvement works to its properties i.e. if asbestos containing materials have been damaged or are likely to be disturbed due to the works removal will be arranged.