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44.—(1) Section 116C of the Administration Act (supply of information to the Housing Executive) is amended as follows—
(a)in subsection (2) at the end add “or for the purposes of anything the Housing Executive is permitted to do in relation to any other benefit by virtue of section 104A or 110A above”;
(b)in subsection (3)(a) for “offences relating to housing benefit” substitute “benefit offences (within the meaning of Part 6 above)”.
(2) Section 116D of that Act (supply of information by the Housing Executive) is amended as follows—
(a)in subsection (1), for “benefit administration information” substitute “relevant benefit information”;
(b)in subsection (2A), after “subsection (2)” insert “, in addition to any other purpose for which the information may be used,”;
(c)for subsection (4) substitute—
“(4) In subsection (1) above “relevant benefit information”, in relation to the Housing Executive or other person, means any information which is relevant to the exercise of any function relating to a relevant social security benefit by the Housing Executive or other person.”;
(d)in subsection (5), in each place where it occurs, for “housing benefit” substitute “any relevant social security benefit”;
(e)in subsection (6), after the definition of “private pensions policy” insert—
““relevant social security benefit” has the same meaning as in section 115CA above;”.
(3) In section 119A of that Act (power to require information from landlords and agents), in subsection (8) for “benefit administration information” substitute “relevant benefit information”.
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