§ 34. Mr. James Carmichael
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the waiting list of aged persons seeking residential accommodation in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, and Renfrewshire provided by the local authorities of the aforementioned places; and what steps he has taken to assist the local authorities in speeding up the provision of residential accommodation and so reduce the waiting list.
I am told that the numbers of aged persons on the waiting lists for residential accommodation provided by Glasgow Corporation, Lanark County Council and Renfrew County Council are 152, four, and two respectively. The provision of residential accommodation is a duty on local authorities, and my right hon. Friend does everything possible to help within the limits of the available resources.
§ 41. Mr. Manuel
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of aged and infirm persons in the County of Ayr who are unable to have care and attention through lack of suitable accommodation; and what steps he is taking to assist the local authorities in the provisions of the necessary homes.
I am informed that the County Council have no waiting list. They are in course of providing three additional homes for old people, one of which will be opened shortly. My Department have given the Council all assistance possible in these projects.
§ Mr. Manuel
Might I take the opportunity of congratulating the Ayr County 1086 Council upon their work on behalf of the old people—
§ Mr. Manuel
—and say how glad I am that the hon. and gallant Gentleman has given the assistance which he has indicated?