HC Deb 24 October 1950 vol 478 cc2680-1
17. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has now given further consideration to the possibility of importing Norwegian timber houses to supplement the housing programme in Scotland.

Mr. T. Fraser

My right hon. Friend will be prepared to consider any proposals of this kind which may be submitted to him by local authorities within their normal allocation.

Mr. Grimond

Will the Joint Under-Secretary of State bear in mind that this matter has been mentioned before, and that these houses appear to be particularly suitable for some parts of Scotland where the climate is a little windy?

Mr. Fraser

We are not averse to building these houses. We have said to local authorities that they shall be free to decide what non-traditional type of house they shall take, if any. If they ask for this type, we will endeavour to get it for them.

Mrs. Mann

Will my hon. Friend see to it that Scottish firms are used to their full potential before we begin importing from any other country?

Mr. Fraser

We have to leave something to the local authorities. If they prefer a particular type of house, we have to try to met their requirements.

Commander Galbraith

Is not the importation of a number of these houses an increase in the number of houses available, and why should they be considered within the allocation?

Mr. Fraser

The erection of even these houses requires some labour.