HC Deb 25 January 1955 vol 536 c9
14. Mrs. Cullen

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he intends taking to stop the sale of single houses in tenement property.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. James Stuart)

I do not consider that I would be justified in taking any steps to control the sale of privately-owned houses.

Mrs. Cullen

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the problem in Glasgow, where hundreds of families are homeless, is becoming very serious? Is he aware that there are hundreds of small houses which these people cannot purchase, which are deteriorating from being unoccupied for as long as 12 months?

Mr. Stuart

I understand that a number of these houses are now offered to be relet. Because of a fall in the price and because of the increased number of new houses being completed, I believe that the problem is becoming less acute.

Mr. Woodburn

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that if he is in any difficulty over this matter there is a perfectly good Bill which was prepared on this subject by the previous Government that is ready to be introduced?

Mr. Stuart

I am aware of that fact.

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