I await with interest to see how the Equality Commission responds to this complaint. I will be more than happy to provide any information or figures they might seek and these will clearly demonstrate my personal commitment, and that of my department and the Housing Executive, to tackle housing need in a fair and transparent manner.
North Belfast gets mentioned again, but their muddled thinking has already been discredited. The reality is that the need for social housing in both the nationalist and unionist communities in the North Belfast constituency is roughly the same. Figures from the Housing Executive confirm that there are 1994 Protestants and 1988 Roman Catholics on the waiting list. Sinn Fein, for whatever reason, refuse to accept facts that are beyond dispute.
My aim is to build more houses for all our citizens irrespective of religious or political persuasion and I have already put plans in place to make that a reality. Last year almost 1,300 new social homes were delivered. This year I plan to deliver 2,000 and the same again for each of the next two years. That is my commitment to the people of Northern Ireland and I will not be deflected by grandstanding from Sinn Fein who continue to go over the same old ground again and again.