HC Deb 17 March 1959 vol 602 cc195-6
29. Mr. McInnes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many families have moved from Glasgow under the provisions of the Town Development (Scotland) Act, 1957; and if he will indicate the areas to which they have been transferred.

Mr. J. N. Browne

Housing development has started at Haddington, Kirkintilloch and Johnstone, and the first tenants are now being selected by the local authorities concerned, in consultation with Glasgow Corporation. Movement is expected to begin this year.

Mr. McInnes

May I ask how many families have been removed from this area? Does he realise that this Glasgow problem, involving 300,000 people, is a very serious one; and that less than 100 families have been removed since the introduction of the Act two years ago? Will he deal with this problem as a major operation, necessary because of the seriousness of the position in Glasgow?

Mr. Browne

Yes, Sir. We are treating it as a major operation. Work on over 1,000 houses is in hand, excluding a further 900 which are being built for Glasgow families in the new towns.