§ 7. Mr. Boothby
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the very bad living conditions in the hutted camp at Crimond, Aberdeenshire; and what steps he proposes to take to alleviate the situation.
§ Mr. T. Fraser
These huts provide only emergency accommodation. Considerable sums have been spent in adapting and repairing them but the only real solution is the rehousing of the families elsewhere. The county council have been asked to clear the huts from the site as they are vacated.
§ Mr. Boothby
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the conditions in this camp are at present sub-human? Cannot something be done in the interim, until the tenants are cleared, to improve them?
§ Mr. Fraser
The camps were inspected by technical officers of the Department only last month, and although they have reported that conditions in one of the camps are deteriorating, in the other they are not quite so serious. The hon. Member will know that a very considerable sum of money—something over £10,000—has already been spent on adaptations and repairs.
Can the hon. Gentleman say when the emergency to which he has referred will be likely to come to an end?
§ Mr. Fraser
No, but in assessing the needs of that area for new housing we are taking into account the number of people who are living in such accommodation and making allowances in the authorisations to the local authorities.