§ 1. Mr. BARCLAY-HARVEY
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many new houses have been completed in Scotland during the first quarter of 1932; how many are now under construction; and what is the total estimated number of houses which will be completed this year in the burghs and landward areas, respectively?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for SCOTLAND (Major Sir Archibald Sinclair)
The number of State-assisted houses completed during the first quarter of 1932 will not be available until after the middle of April, but the number completed during January and February was 1,993. The number of houses under construction at 29th February, 1932—the latest date for which figures are available—was 14,234. As regards the last part of the question, it is not possible to give any reliable estimate of the number of houses that will be completed this year, but it is expected that the number will be materially in excess of that for the year 1930 or 1931.
§ 2. Lord SCONE
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many houses have been rebuilt and how many reconditioned under the Rural Housing (Scotland) Act, 1925, in Scotland and Perthshire, respectively?
§ Sir A. SINCLAIR
At the 31st December, 1931—the latest date for which statistics are available—the numbers of houses reconstructed or improved with assistance under the Housing (Rural Workers) Acts, 1926 and 1931, were 8,024 in Scotland and 668 in the landward area of Perthshire. No records are available distinguishing between houses reconstructed and houses improved.