§ 20. Mr. Timmons
My right hon. Friend has been consulted by local authorities about the improvement of 700 houses, and proposals covering 342 of these had been approved at the end of September. At the same date, local authorities had approved applications from private persons covering 3,540 houses. I have no information about the total number of applications received by local authorities.
§ Mr. Timmons
Can the Minister say whether it is the local authorities who are responsible for retarding progress with these applications? I have a number of complaints that the local authority restricts and retards their progress.
§ 25. Mr. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many houses have been modernised under the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1949, and the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1952, by private landlords, owner occupiers, and owners of tied houses, respectively.
Up to 30th September, 1953, local authorities had approved applications for improvement grant from private persons covering the modernisation of 3,540 houses. I regret that separate figures for the three categories mentioned by the hon. Member are not available.
It would mean asking for a completely new return and I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we do not think it worth while.
§ Mr. Woodburn
Is it not misleading to suggest that that is all that has been done since 1949? Is it not a case that after the Act was passed, owing to the need for new houses, it was impossible for some time for the Department to give permission for this kind of work to be done, and will the right hon. and gallant 1552 Gentleman tell us when permission started to be given for the modernisation of houses which would give us a more accurate idea of the rate of progress?
If the right hon. Gentleman will put down a question on the subject, I will try to answer it.