HC Deb 03 February 1959 vol 599 cc193-4
31. Mr. Timmons

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will take steps to apply closing orders or demolition orders to property at Burhill, Springboig.

Mr. Maclay

Under the Housing (Scotland) Acts this is entirely a matter for the local authority.

Mr. Timmons

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of these houses have been abandoned and that the chief sanitary inspector for Lanarkshire is rather restricted in providing alternative accommodation for these people until Lanarkshire County Council provides housing accommodation? Will he do something to try to speed up the allocation by Lanarkshire County Council of houses to meet the needs of this area?

Mr. Maclay

The allocation of houses is the responsibility of the local authority. If the hon. Gentleman will send me information about particular points which he has in mind, I will be very glad to look into them.