§ 22. Sir T. Moore
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware 904 of the widespread dissatisfaction with the "Orlit" prefabricated houses as built by the Scottish Special Housing Association; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure, either that these houses are made windproof and rainproof, or that they are pulled down and their occupants provided with suitable alternative accommodation without delay.
Defects have been discovered in two of the Association's schemes arising from bad workmanship. The contractors who in these cases built the houses for the Association have admitted liability and are being held responsible for all losses incurred. Remedial measures are being taken, and temporary accommodation will be found as necessary for the tenants while repairs are effected.
§ Sir T. Moore
But that is no good. Will the right hon. Gentleman come round with me and look at these houses himself, and see that it is impossible to keep the interiors dry, that the blankets are damp and the mattresses are mildewed; and will he immediately stop any rent having to be paid for them, immediately provide alternative accommodation, and pull them down?
I shall, of course, be delighted to accompany the hon. and gallant Gentleman round his division at an appropriate time; and I shall treasure this accusation against private enterprise which is offered to the House.
Will the Secretary of State give us the names of these private contractors who have been proved guilty of scamped workmanship?