HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 cc554-5W

asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland if he is aware that the housing scheme contractors in the Lennoxtown parish, Stirlingshire, have not yet received payment of the final instalments of their accounts for a scheme completed over three years ago, although repeated applications and protests have been made; and what are the reasons for the delay in settling the accounts?


I am not certain to what scheme the hon. Member refers, as there are two schemes in close proximity to each other —Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie. Probably the latter scheme is the one referred to, as I am advised that some difficulty has been experienced in arriving at agreement with the contractors, owing to the contracts stipulating that increases and decreases in the cost of materials and wages should be added to, or deducted from, the tender amounts. I am informed that on 17th instant the Scottish Board of Health gave their final decision as to the amounts which they are prepared to pass as a charge against the State-assisted scheme, and I am hopeful that this will enable an immediate settlement to be made.