HC Deb 23 June 1953 vol 516 cc1661-2
17. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the reasonable comparison in cost with brick and concrete housing, he will encourage the use of stone for new houses.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

My right hon. Friend has told local authorities that he is ready to consider sympathetically proposals for building houses in stone provided the cost is reasonable.

Mr. Grimond

Would the Minister agree that the figures which he gave me last week were very striking as showing that stone is cheaper than bricks and concrete in a good many cases, and that a great deal of good local stone in parts of the Highlands is available for this purpose? Will he see that every effort is made to ensure its use?

Mr. Stewart

There are a number of provisions—I have them here but I will not weary the House with them—which are now operating and which encourage local authorities and private persons to use stone. I agree with the hon. Gentleman's aims in this direction.