§ 16. Mr. MARCUS
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of petitions for ejection of tenants of 1082 working-class houses brought before the Dundee sheriff court during the 12 months ended 31st December, 1929; how many petitions were granted; and how many tenants were actually ejected?
Mr. W. ADAMSON
In the summary removing court the number of new actions raised during the period in question was 238 and the number of cases called in the Continued Roll was 176. The number of warrants of ejection granted was 98. In the ordinary sheriff court 21 actions of removal or ejection were initiated, and 17 decrees were granted. The actual number of ejections, according to figures obtained by the sheriff clerk, was 32.
§ 17. Mr. MARCUS
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of inhabited houses in Dundee which have been condemned by the sanitary authority as unfit for human habitation; and if he will consider the advisability of introducing legislation to prevent rent being charged for such houses in Dundee and elsewhere in Scotland?
§ Mr. JOHNSTON
I am informed that there are in Dundee 651 inhabited houses which have been condemned by the local authority as unfit for human habitation. The local authority are actively engaged in the erection of 300 houses and are in course of taking tenders for the erection of 306 more, making a total of 606 houses for the tenants to be displaced. As my hon. Friend is aware, we have introduced a Bill for the better and speedier provision of alternative accommodation, but my right hon. Friend can meantime give no undertaking as to further legislation.