§ 72. Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many steel houses were damaged by the recent gale in Glasgow, and the estimated cost of the damage?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Sir John Gilmour)
I am informed that, apart from minor damage such as the displacement of slates and ridge tiles, 110 of the steel houses being erected in Glasgow under State auspices were damaged by the recent gale, the damage being practically restricted to fallen chimney heads. The damage falls to be made good by the contractors at their own expense, and therefore no estimate is available of the cost involved.
§ 73. Mr. BUCHANAN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the loss of life in Glasgow on Friday, 28th January, arising out of the storm and out of the condition of tenement buildings; if he is aware that the local authority have not been carrying out inspection of buildings as laid down by law; if he intends to have full inquiry made into the cause of loss of life; and what step he intends taking to prevent, if possible, a recurrence of this happening?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
I am making inquiry into this matter, and I will communicate the result to the hon. Member in due course.