HC Deb 19 October 1954 vol 531 c1021
35. Miss Herbison

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when Lanarkshire County Council may expect his decision on a site for houses in Glenmavis.

Mr. J. Stuart

The county council's proposals, which would involve the loss of valuable agricultural land, are still under consideration. I hope to be able to give them my views soon.

Miss Herbison

Is the Minister aware that all the information concerning this site has been with him since May of this year? Surely it would have been possible for the Minister to have reached a decision some time ago? Is he aware of the dreadful conditions of many of my constituents in this village and that they are feeling the Ministers in Scotland are not really doing their work on this matter?

Mr. Stuart

I cannot agree with the hon. Lady in saying that we are not trying because, as she knows, we have got on very rapidly with the housing programme. That does not mean that I wish to see any delay. I very much regret that a decision has been somewhat delayed in this case owing to conflicts of opinion locally.