27. Mr. McKie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the cost of the house recently completed for the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright County Council's road engineer at Kirkcudbright.
§ Mr. T. Fraser
According to a statement submitted to the county council the house, excluding the garage, cost £1,374 to build, the plumbing and electrical work having been done by the road engineer himself.
Is the Minister aware that there is great dissatisfaction in the district at the cost of this house and that many people believe that it far exceeded the legitimate amount? Will the hon. Gentleman indicate his displeasure and his disapproval of this kind of thing done on behalf of our civil servants?
§ Mr. Fraser
Of course, this matter has been very carefully considered by a committee of the county council. The committee of the county council were satisfied that everything was fair, square and above board, and I do not think we have any right to criticise.