HC Deb 13 March 1956 vol 550 cc211-2
29. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now issue a circular letter to local authorities on houses for ex-Regular troops, similar to the one issued by the Minister of Housing and Local Government on 8th March, 1955.

Mr. J. N. Browne

No, Sir. Two circulars have already been issued to local authorities on this subject, and my right hon. Friend's Department has a special arrangement with Scottish Command to take up with the local authorities concerned any individual case of difficulty.

Sir D. Robertson

Is it not revealed in a recent case which I brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for Scotland that the well-run Royal Burgh of Thurso has no idea at all of the special rights of Regular ex-Service men? Is he also aware that I am wholly convinced that the three burghs in my constituency know nothing about this matter? Why is he persistently asking the local authorities to read a chapter of a booklet on housing needs, plus a circular sent out in 1950, plus another circular sent out in 1953, and an Answer to a Parliamentary Question? Is that not wholly unreasonable when, in England, a short snappy circular has been issued?

Mr. Browne

Inquiries which the Department made in 1954 confirmed that the great majority of local authorities in Scotland were giving special consideration to ex-Service men, and I am sure that my hon. Friend's statement will have further drawn the matter to the attention of his own local authority.