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.
I should have thought that to be a matter for the local 1862 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?