HC Deb 01 December 1959 vol 614 cc1001-2
43. Mr. Hoy

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has received from Edinburgh Town Council to expedite house building in Leith; and what action he has taken.

Mr. Galbraith

The Corporation and my right hon. Friend's Department are working with all practicable speed on the proposals for the first part of the Leith Fort development. He has recently approved the Citadel and Central Leith Comprehensive Development Area, covering about 90 acres, of which 21 acres are allocated for housing.

Mr. Hoy

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Leith Fort site has been in the possession of the corporation for more than four years, that so far all we have had has been a drawing competition and that even that was settled two years ago? Cannot he say when a start will be made on house building on this site, which does not affect private property, shopkeepers or anybody else, but is a virgin site for housing?

Mr. Galbraith

I think the work is likely to start at about the end of 1960.