Yes; the power is contained in Section 62 in the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1950.
§ Mr. James McInnes
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the process of acquisition involves bringing in an official arbiter? How long will it take to give effect to his decision? Is the general average 10 or 12 months?
§ Mr. Wheatley
In view of the apparent reluctance of local authorities to take advantage of powers contained in the 195 Housing Act to acquire these houses, will Her Majesty's Government give sympathetic consideration to a Private Member's Bill, standing in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Dunbartonshire, West (Mr. Steele)?