HC Deb 14 July 1971 vol 821 cc480-1
19. Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many houses he has approved for building in the new town of Livingston for the next three years ; and to what extent he has amended house building proposals there.

Mr. Younger

At 30th June there were 1,976 houses in the corporation's approved building programme for the three years. The corporation itself has adjusted its housing programme from time to time, in the light of expected demand ; but my right hon. Friend has made no adjustments.

Mr. Eadie

How far is the housing programme being amended and how is it related to the special development area status of the new town of Livingston?

Mr. Younger

The housing programme is under continual review by the corporation, which keeps in close contact with my Department and receives such advice as it considers it wants. Any decisions taken on the housing programme in Livingston are entirely for the development corporation, and there is no question of any disagreement. The hon. Gentleman and I had a meeting in Livingston about special development area status. All the points which he put to me will be closely considered by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade carefully and quickly in the months ahead.