HC Deb 10 July 1963 vol 680 cc1230-1
22. Mrs. Hart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what amount has been spent on social amenities, and what proportion of its total expenditure is represented in each case, by each new town development corporation in Scotland.

Mr. Noble

For the period up to 31st March, 1963, the amounts are £43,989 at East Kilbride, £35,350 at Glenrothes, and £23,645 at Cumbernauld. The respective percentages are 0.2, 0.4 and 0.3.

Mrs. Hart

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that this is an adequate proportion of the new towns' expenditure on social amenities? Has not the time come for him to have a clear look at the need for him to make a special allowance to development corporations to provide the social amenities which ought to go with the housing?

Mr. Noble

The hon. Lady should not regard this as the only money that is spent on these amenities, for there are many other agencies also helping in this way. But it is at least satisfactory, although comparisons are difficult, to know that we seem to be spending more on this than south of the Border.

Dr. Stross

Can right hon. Gentlemen translate these sums of money in terms of Section 132 of the 1948 Act? What proportion of the 6d, rate do they represent?

Mr. Noble

If the hon. Gentleman puts down a Question in those terms I will try to answer it.

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