HC Deb 16 April 1946 vol 421 cc2525-6
63. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many permanent and temporary houses, respectively, have been erected and occupied from 31st July, 1945, to date, in the burgh of Ayr.

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

Fifty temporary houses have been erected and occupied, and 30 others are in course of erection. In addition, 74 permanent houses are under construction.

Sir T. Moore

In view of these figures, and also in view of the fact that there are 1,900 families waiting to be rehoused in Ayr, does the hon. Gentleman realise that it will take some 20 years before the people of Ayr are properly housed?

Mr. Buchanan

So far as Ayr is concerned, we are making not unreasonable progress, and when one compares it with the progress made by past Governments which had not the same difficulties, it is not the worst record we could have.

Sir T. Moore

That is due to the Member.

64. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many new houses have been completed in the Ayr district of Burghs between 31st July, 1945, and 31st January, 1946.

Mr. Buchanan

Twenty-four temporary houses were completed during the period in question and 26 more since 31st January, 1946. In addition, 228 permanent houses are under construction, and 96 more are in approved contracts.