§ 26. Mr. JOHNSTON
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the lack of any sanitary conveniences, the broken ceilings, the almost roofless byre, and the other complaints, referred to in the report by the medical officer of health for Stirlingshire to his Department in November, 1926, as made by the tenant at Burnhouse Cottage, Binn's Farm, Stirlingshire, are still unattended to; and what steps he can take to expedite the necessary repairs?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
I understand that, following upon the issue of an intimation to the proprietor under Section 19 of the Public Health (Scotland) Act, 1897, estimates have been taken for the execution of certain repairs on the premises at Burnhouse Cottage. Having in view the isolated situation of the premises, however, the proprietor has indicated his intention to delay the commencement of the work until the advent of the good building weather.
§ Mr. JOHNSTON
Can the right hon. Gentleman give us any indication of when these repairs, which are absolutely vital from a sanitary point of view, will be executed? Is he aware that there have been complaints for years?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
I understand that the matter was before the local authority, who were satisfied that the delay was reasonable, and I have no reason to doubt that the repairs will be carried out as soon as possible.
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Will the right hon. Gentleman have regard to certain farms in and around Glasgow where great damage was done by the storm, and where landlords and factors have refused to carry out any repairs, though the present state of things is a menace to health?