HC Deb 28 February 1939 vol 344 cc1079-80
61. Mr. Erskine Hill

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he can make any statement as to the future organisation and functions of the Scottish Special Areas Housing Association?

Mr. Colville

Yes, Sir. The Council of the Scottish Special Areas Housing Association, with the concurrence of the Commissioner for the Special Areas in Scotland and myself, have invited Viscount Traprain to be Chairman of the Association in succession to Sir David Allen Hay, who has expressed his desire to relinquish the post shortly on account of the claims of other work. As regards the Association's functions, the authority of the Court of Session is at present being sought to an amendment of its constitution to enable it to undertake the building of houses for experimental or demonstration purposes outside the Special Areas. The Association has also, at the request of the Government, and subject to the passing of the necessary legislation, agreed to act as the public corporation for Scotland for the construction of the camps that are to be erected in pursuance of the policy recently announced by the Lord Privy Seal. Arrangements are under active consideration for the strengthening of the executive and technical staff of the Association to enable it to carry out its wider duties.

Mr. Johnston

What are Lord Traprain's qualifications for this post?

Mr. Colville

I think it is usual in such cases to publish a notice in the Press, and I propose to do so.

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