HC Deb 08 December 1925 vol 189 cc249-50
65. Dr. SHIELS

asked the Secretary for Scotland if his attention has been called to the fact that the Dundee Town Council Housing Committee has unanimously refused to avail themselves of the £40 additional subsidy on the ground that the houses eligible were not sufficiently attractive, and that the limit of 10 per cent. of skilled building labour was impracticable; and if ho will consider adding to the list of selected firms and modifying the specified conditions?


I have been informed of the decision referred to, but I do not consider that the refusal of Dundee to participate in the scheme is a reason for adding to the list of selected firms or modifying the specified conditions.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the convener of this Housing Committee stated that the houses of the Coralite Company who are on the list were the worst finished houses inside that he had ever seen., and does the right hon. Gentleman not think that the Atholl houses, which also comply with trade union conditions, should be placed on the list?


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Housing Committee are so thoroughly dissatisfied with the types of houses offered that they desire to ascertain whether it is possible to extend the scope of selection, as they are absolutely satisfied that no satisfactory houses can be provided with only 10 per cent. of skilled labour? 1s the right hon. Gentleman prepared to grant some latitude in that respect?


No, Sir; I cannot alter the terms and the conditions until I have received final replies from the local authorities in Scotland.