HC Deb 10 May 1938 vol 335 cc1400-1
27. Sir D. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many houses have been completed in Aberdeen in each month of 1938, including April; and the numbers estimated to be completed in the remaining months of 1938?

The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Wedderburn)

As the reply involves a table of figures, I propose, with the hon. Baronet's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

Statement showing the number of houses completed by the corporation of Aberdeen during the months of January to April, 1938, and the number estimated by the corporation to be completed in each of the remaining months of the year.

Month Number of houses completed. Total
January 46
February 50
March 90
April 66
Number of houses estimated to be completed.
May 64
June 64
July 66
August 66
September 70
October 74
November 70
December 74

28. Mr. Kennedy

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is informed of the average housing output in Scotland and its relation to the output required to meet the present problems of overcrowding and housing shortage; and whether any steps are being taken to ensure the provision of an adequate supply of building materials to meet the shortage?

Mr. Wedderburn

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second part, I would refer the right hon. Member to the reply given by the Lord Advocate to his question of 3rd May.

Mr. Kennedy

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that answer does not show what the Government are doing in order to assure an adequate supply of materials for building, which is the main cause of tilt present housing shortage?

Mr. Wedderburn

That point has been debated three or four times in the House in the last few months, and I do not think it will be possible to do justice to the subject at Question Time.

Mr. J. J. Davidson

In the last Debate did not the Secretary of State for Scotland promise that steps would be taken further to the steps which had already been taken, and will the hon. Gentleman answer the question as to whether any further steps have been taken?

Mr. Wedderburn

If the hon. Member will read the speech of my right hon. Friend on 29th March, when this subject was last debated, I think he will find a full statement on the policy which is being pursued.

Mr. Gallacher

Has the Minister taken any steps to remove the "floating factor" of £70 which bears so heavily on the building of working-class houses?

Mr. Wedderburn

That is another question which has been debated many times in this House.