HC Deb 17 March 1938 vol 333 cc596-7
78. Mr. Anstruther-Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many months have passed since it was decided to form a Special Areas housing association, and to what particular causes does he attribute the delay in presenting to county councils detailed plans of proposed schemes; and what steps is he taking to prevent further delay before building upon these schemes is actually commenced?

Mr. Elliot

The proposal to set up the association was finally adopted about the beginning of September. The association was actually incorporated under the Companies Act on 8th November, 1937. It is thus just over six months since the decision to set up the association was finally taken, and in that time negotiations with local authorities have been carried through; building sites have been obtained; methods of building have been decided upon. Plans for three schemes have been submitted to Lanark County Council. I do not think that any avoidable delay has taken place, but I am in touch with the association, which fully realises the need for speed.