§ 55. Mr. GALLACHER
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that, at the last meeting of the Fife County Council; a report was submitted by the convenor of the public health committee showing that a minimum number of 4,684 new houses were required in the county in order to satisfy the legitimate housing needs of the people; and what measures the Government are taking and propose to take to enable this housing programme to be carried through with the minimum of delay?
§ The LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. T. M. Cooper)
The report referred to estimated that 6,674 houses in the county were overcrowded. The actual number of new houses required for decrowding purposes cannot be stated until the completion of the overcrowding survey. With regard to the second part of the question, the public health committee have recommended the county council to proceed with an instalment of 1,300 houses for rehousing the worst cases of overcrowding in the areas already surveyed. The Department of Health are keeping in close touch with the county council to secure the maximum progress with their housing operations.