§ 20. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how the new proposals on housing will affect the progress of housing in Scotland.
Housing progress depends on several things, including the supply of labour and materials available from time to time. But subject to this, the restoration of the recent cut in housing expenditure will enable local authorities in Scotland to plan for an increase in the housing programme to the level of about 27,500 houses for 1952.
§ Mr. Hughes
Can we take it that the suggestion that there should be a greater number of three-apartment houses is now to be withdrawn?
I should be glad to consider any submissions on the subject, but I have not come to that conclusion.
Have local authorities been advised that they can proceed now to plan for an additional number of houses and of the number for which they may plan?
No, Sir. The hon. and gallant Gentleman will remember that it is only a few weeks since I made the last allocation. The number here, while quite substantial and very welcome, is not very great, but I shall be discussing the subject further with the local authorities.
At 31st March the Corporation had 860 houses under construction: the number of houses in their 1950 programme of 1,200 houses on which work had not begun was 953 but it is proper to add that originally part of the Edinburgh allocation of 1,200 houses was phased to begin in the second and third quarters of this year. It was only at the beginning of the year that the Corporation were told that they could bring forward the starting of these houses if they wished. The allocation recently made to the Corporation for 1951 was 1,600.
Obviously I cannot give assurances of that kind. I will give every assistance I can to any local authority, but the job lies between the local authority and the contractors.