§ 19. Lord SCONE
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that a number of the houses occupied by smallholders at Longforgan, Perthshire, are no longer weatherproof, some being dilapidated to the point of being scarcely habitable; and whether he will cause an investigation to be made?
§ Sir G. COLLINS
The question of the repair or replacement of the houses referred to has been under consideration for some time and I hope that it will be possible to reach a decision at an early date. My Noble Friend is aware that the matter is not free from difficulty as the tenants concerned are landholders, and, as such, are responsible for the maintenance of their houses.
§ Lord SCONE
May I request the right hon. Gentleman to expedite his researches so that these unfortunate people may have houses in which to live as soon as possible?
§ Mr. KIRKWOOD
Can the right hon. Gentleman inform the House how many landlords' houses in Scotland are dilapidated?