72. Mr. G. MURRAY
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that in Glasgow there are 1,627 demobilised soldiers who cannot secure suitable housing accommodation; and what steps it is proposed to take to meet the situation before the winter sets in?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH for SCOTLAND (Mr. Pratt)
I understand that an inquiry was made recently by the City Assessor of Glasgow with the result indicated in the question. As regards the steps being taken to meet the situation, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply to his question on the 7th instant as to the progress of housing schemes in Glasgow. I am informed that the Corporation of Glasgow have been considering the question of providing emergency accommodation, but that so far no practicable means of doing so has been devised. It appears that the only remedy is for the corporation to proceed as quickly as possible with the erection of new houses.
§ Mr. RAFFAN
Is the number of demobilised soldiers unable to find houses in Glasgow, and Scotland generally, increasing or decreasing from month to month?
§ Captain W. BENN
Could the hon. Gentleman say how far the restrictions on the imports of building materials is delaying the work?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
The hon. Member is out of order in raising this question. It should be reserved for Debate.