HC Deb 01 February 1938 vol 331 c3
3. Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which of the Scottish local authorities have provided community centres in connection with their new housing areas; and whether he is pressing upon all local authorities to provide such amenities?

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Elliot)

The Department of Health have approved proposals for the provision of community centres by the town councils of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Greenock, Kilmarnock and Kirkcaldy; and a number of other local authorities have proposals under consideration. With regard to the second part of the question, the Department of Health and the Scottish Education Department issued a Memorandum in December, 1936, urging local authorities with large housing schemes to make provision for community centres.

Mr. Mathers

In view of the date of that communication and the apparently small response that has been made to it, does not the right hon. Gentleman think it is time to urge this matter further on other local authorities?

Mr. Elliot

There is always a certain amount of administrative pressure. I do not think it necessary at the moment to send out a further circular.