HC Deb 01 July 1952 vol 503 cc239-40
34. Mr. Patrick Maitland

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what results have followed his recent circular to local authorities about self-help housing groups; and whether he will state how many such groups are already formed or have so far approached local authorities for co-operation.

Mr. J. Stuart

Complete information could be obtained only by means of a special return from local authorities which I do not feel justified in calling for. I am aware, however, that proposals have been submitted by three groups to one authority covering 150 houses, and that another authority have had a tentative enquiry on the subject.

Mr. Maitland

Could my right hon. Friend state which that authority is, and could he further take steps to give even wider publicity to this whole idea, which, when it is represented to people in need of housing who have spare time on their hands, does offer a mead of hope?

Major Lloyd

Is it not most unfortunate that local authorities in Scotland that are influenced by Socialist majorities do not believe in self help at all, and that, therefore, the circular, so far as they are concerned, is only wasted paper?

Mr. Stuart

In reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Lanark (Mr. Maitland), I would say that I am perfectly prepared to do anything to publicise this matter, and that it is in the City of Edinburgh that there are three groups operating.