§ 16. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how far the operation of the Housing (Repairs and Rents) (Scotland) Act, 1954, has effected improvement in the condition of controlled dwellinghouses.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
Any comprehensive statement about the operation of the Act must await information which will not become available till the autumn. I hope, however, to be able to give interim figures about certain aspects shortly.
§ Mr. Hughes
Does not public experience so far show that this Act is a complete failure and has not realised any of the promises that were made by the Government when the Bill was going through the House?
§ Mr. Stuart
I hope that is not the case. The Government did their best to tackle a very serious problem, but the Act has been in operation only since 30th August and I think we are entitled to a little more time.