HC Deb 20 February 1963 vol 672 c434
23. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his recent proposals to local authorities regarding the use of new building techniques.

Mr. Leburn

My right hon. Friend has sought the co-operation of local and other authorities in joint action to make full use of the new building techniques and ideas on standardisation that are being developed. My right hon. Friend's proposals are more fully described in the relevant circular, of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy.

Mr. Hannan

I thank the Under-Secretary for the latter part of the Answer. Does he appreciate that, according to information given in a previous Answer, slum clearance in Scotland has fallen from about 11,000 houses in 1958 to 9,000 in 1961? Thousands of building workers are at this moment wholly unemployed in National Productivity Year. What practical proposals have the Government got for employing these new methods and getting these men in the factories producing housing components?

Mr. Leburn

I think that the hon. Gentleman would be well advised to wait and read this Circular.

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