§ 35. Mr. Manuel
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many protests he has received from local authorities against the Housing Repairs and Rents (Scotland) Bill.
Up to and including Monday, 25th January, my right hon. Friend has received protests of a general nature against the Bill from 15 local authorities (including three district councils). Representations have also been made to him on specific points in the Bill by six other local authorities.
§ Mr. Manuel
The right hon. and gallant Gentleman will be aware that many local authorities in Scotland have not yet had an opportunity of coming to a decision on this Bill, but have not the representations which he has received given a clear indication that local authorities, generally, are not anxious to have this Bill? Even at this late date, will he not consider withdrawing the Bill because of the representations he has received and will continue to receive?