HC Deb 01 December 1959 vol 614 cc988-9
17. Miss Herbison

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many families in Shotts are on the housing list of Lanark County Council; and how many houses will be completed in this village under the county council's four-year plan.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith)

The County Council informs me that it has 740 applications at present for the tenancy of council houses in the Shotts area, including the Stane and Dykehead electoral divisions: it has no separate housing list for Shotts. Under the current programme, 276 houses will be completed in the area. My right hon. Friend understands that following a new survey of housing needs the Council intends to prepare a fresh programme.

Miss Herbison

Will the Under-Secretary ensure that the Secretary of State makes the Lanark County Council aware of the fact that it can go on with the building of houses? The small number being built in that area is due to a letter which came from the Under-Secretary.

Mr. Galbraith

There is certainly no restriction on the building of houses. I will look into the point which the hon. Lady has raised.