HC Deb 15 November 1960 vol 630 c203
38. Mr. Manuel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many local authorities have made returns to him arising from the issue of Circular No. 33, dated 23rd May, 1960.

Mr. Galbraith

The circular invited authorities which contemplated building subsidised houses for purposes outside the defined categories of special need to submit appreciations of the housing situation in their area. Such appreciations have so far been submitted by 69 authorities.

Mr. Manuel

That is a very small number out of the total of about 132 housing authorities in Scotland. Can the Joint Under-Secretary indicate the number of local athorities which have applied and which he has permitted to build for grossly overcrowded families, families with sublet apartments, and families living in unfit houses not in the town centre, listed in the circular as special needs, requiring his approval before local authorities can undertake such building?

Mr. Galbraith

This circular has not led to the withholding of approval for any tenders which have been submitted up to date.