HC Deb 21 March 1962 vol 656 cc375-6
20. Mr. Millan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what the average annual rents for 3, 4 and 5 apartment houses, respectively, will be when the new policy on hospital rents has taken full effect.

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

These figures will not be known until late this year when the Treasury Valuer has dealt with all the representations put to him about the valuation of hospital houses.

Mr. Millan

In the meantime, will the hon. Gentleman stop making comparisons with the English figures? As on the whole the houses in Scotland are smaller than those in England, are not these comparisons quite misleading? Is he aware that there is some evidence that in many ways the rents of Scottish hospital houses are rather higher than the English figures?

Mr. Galbraith

I cannot agree with the hon. Gentleman. The valuation figures which we have to date indicate that the Scottish figures will be lower.