§ 76. Mr. STEPHEN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of houses built in Glasgow each year since 1925 under the various Acts; the number under each Act; the number at present under construction; and the housing rate each year since 1925 to the present time?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
As the statistics desired by the hon. Member involve a lengthy tabular statement, I am circulating it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The number of houses under construction by the Corporation of Glasgow at 31st October last was 2,626.
§ Following is the statement:875
|HOUSES BUILT IN GLASGOW UNDER THE HOUSING ACTS BETWEEN 1ST JANUARY, 1925, AND 31ST OCTOBER, 1936.|
|During the year||By Corporation.||By Private Enterprise.||Housing Rate.*|
|Assisted Houses.||Unassisted Houses.||Total.||Assisted Houses.||Grand Total.|
|1919 Act.||1923 Act.||1924 Act.||1930 Act.||Total Assisted Houses.||1923 Act.||1924 Act.||Total.|
|1936 (to 31st October).||—||—||—||—||1,300||1,300||291||1,591||—||—||—||1,591||1.39|
|* From 1924–5 to 1929–30 the rates shown are the actual rates levied by the local authority in respect of expenditure under the Housing Acts. From 1930–31, because of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1929, no specific housing rate was levied. It is included in the general consolidated rate. The rates from that date are estimated rates based on the deficit as shown in the housing accounts after deducting the amount of the block grant estimated to be applicable to housing expenditure.|
§ 77. Mr. STEPHEN
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can now state what steps have been taken by the Glasgow Corporation to provide suitable housing accommodation for the two families at 80, Bellgrove Street, Glasgow, who were ordered out by the master of works because of the dangerous condition of the houses when the roof fell in during the recent storm, or, if no such accommodation has been found, when were the tenants informed that it would be safe to resume occupation; and whether the master of works has now certified and is prepared to accept responsibility for the structural and safe condition of these houses in the event of another storm?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
I understand that one of the tenants returned to his house on 27th October. The wife of the other tenant was informed on 3rd November that the property had been repaired and that it was perfectly safe to return. In the opinion of the Dean of Guild Inspector the property is now structurally safe. In the circumstances no question of the provision of Alternative accommodation would appear to arise. I have sent details of the case to the hon. Member in reply to his recent letter on the matter.
§ Mr. STEPHEN
Am I to take it that the Dean of Guild Inspector will be responsible if the people in these houses lose their lives?
§ Mr. ELLIOT
I think the report of the Dean of Guild Inspector is usually taken as conclusive as to whether the structure may be regarded as safe or otherwise.