HC Deb 15 May 1968 vol 764 cc1221-2
50. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consideration he is giving to the Cullingworth Report proposal that Glasgow's housing problem should be treated as a special case; and, in view of the fact that the recent storm has aggravated the position, whether he will now announce his decision.

Mr. Buchan

My right hon. Friend has been thoroughly examining this and the other recommendations in the Report, and he hopes to announce his proposals soon.

Mr. Hannan

Is my hon. Friend aware that the private owners' associations in Glasgow are most reluctant to effect repairs on houses which have been impaired by the storm? What powers has the local authority in Glasgow to go into these properties and effect repairs for people who are suffering as a result of the storms?

Mr. Buchan

On the aspect of storm damage, the Minister of State is having weekly meetings with the local corporation, and tomorrow he is having a meeting with the corporation and property owners to go into a number of the very complex financial issues involved.

Mr. Edward M. Taylor

As the Under-Secretary said that he is looking at further assistance for Glasgow, can he give an indication when the assistance might be increased?

Mr. Buchan

I do not know whether the hon. Member is referring to storm damage or to the general Cullingworth Report. Our decisions will be made known, I hope, shortly.