HC Deb 22 March 1955 vol 538 cc1861-2
5. Mrs. Mann

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent the housing programme for Scotland, apart from Glasgow, is being overtaken; in how many burghs it is nearing completion; and if he will make a statement.

Commander Galbraith

A total of 255,000 permanent and temporary houses have been built since the war, including 37,000 built in Glasgow. Of the 230 housing authorities in Scotland, 51 have no houses under construction and 28 have less than 10. These 79 authorities comprise five county councils and the town councils of 74 small burghs. While other considerations may apply in particular cases, the reduction of the waiting lists is the main reason why building has come to an end or been slowed down in most of these districts.

Mrs. Mann

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman satisfied that a reduction of the waiting lists is an indication that no more houses are required? Is it not possible to have a survey of houses that are in the last stages of their life and are proving to be dangerous and in a state of decay?

Commander Galbraith

I should have thought that to be a matter for the local authority concerned. The hon. Lady will know that, under the Act recently passed, my right hon. Friend has asked for information to be conveyed to him about the position, which involves a survey by August of this year.

Mr. Manuel

The right hon. and gallant Gentleman will be aware, of course, that returns are sent to the Department of Health regularly by the local authorities. In Scotland, there has been no survey of the number of houses necessary and of the wastage which has taken place since 1943. Can the Minister give an estimate of what has been the wastage for the last 12 years?

Commander Galbraith

No, Sir, I am not able to supply that information.

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