HC Deb 21 July 1976 vol 915 c1784
11. Mr. Robin F. Cook

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will next meet the Scottish office of the Housing Corporation.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

My right hon. Friend would be happy to do so on a suitable occasion, but no proposal is in prospect at present.

Mr. Cook

Will my hon. Friend confirm that it is the view of the Government that associations sponsored by the Housing Corporation should have community links? Will he impress on the corporation the view that the management committees of such associations should represent the areas in which they are situated, and that requests from established community organisations for recognition as housing associations should receive a sympathetic response?

Mr. Brown

In answer to the first part of the supplementary question, on the matter of co-operation by the Housing Corporation with district councils, I cannot anticipate what the political persuasions may be. I am happy to think that the talks undertaken by my hon. Friend with the Housing Corporation have led to a satisfactory conclusion.