HC Deb 09 May 1950 vol 475 cc180-1
17. Mr. McInnes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the extent of the housing problem in Scotland as revealed by the lists submitted by local authorities to the Department of Health.

25. Mr. Manuel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many new houses are required in the county of Ayr arising from the recent housing surveys carried out by Ayrshire housing authorities.

Mr. McNeil

Since different authorities adopted different methods, the recent review by local authorities has not yielded an accurate picture. I propose to discuss with local authorities the scope and timing of a survey based on uniform standards.

Mr. Manuel

Cannot the Minister give a date when it would be possible for him to give a definite reply about the houses needed in any local authority area in Scotland?

Mr. McNeil

I cannot give any indication of when I shall be in a position to give a precise and reliable estimate.