§ 9. Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the rate of home ownership in Scotland; and what is the rate of home 452 ownership in all other countries in Western Europe.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Hugh D. Brown)
I am arranging for the latest figures available for other European countries to be published in the Official Report. Owner-occupied housing in Scotland has been rising in recent years, from 31.7 per cent. in 1972 to 34 per cent. last year.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Is the Minister aware that Scotland has the lowest rate of owner-occupation and home ownership in Western Europe and that the electors of Hamilton will realise that the Conservative Party is the only party which can effectively redress the balance?
§ Mr. Henderson
Has the hon. Member's attention been drawn to the series of articles in The Scotsman this week about foreign purchases of Scottish land? Does he not feel that these call for some investigation? Further, does he think that this will help home ownership in Scotland in any way?
§ Mr. Younger
Is the Minister aware that every survey that has been taken by independent outside bodies and by national newspapers has shown that the majority of young Scots people would 453 like to own their homes? Why does the Labour Party consistently stand out against that aim?
§ Mr. Brown
With great respect to the hon. Member, some of these surveys have not been analysed. Nor have they even been conducted in depth. I received 406 applications to sell council houses last year, from a variety of local authorities. I approved 350 applications. The actual number sold was 59. There is no great demand from council tenants to buy their houses.
§ Following is the information:
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