§ Sir J. BAIRD
asked the Secretary for Scotland the number of houses required during the next five years of each of the following categories, namely, two apartments and scullery, three apartments and scullery, and four apartments and scullery, respectively, in each of the following towns, or as many of them as statistics are available for, namely, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Greenock, Paisley, Dumfries, Perth, Port Glasgow, Motherwell, Airdrie, Coatbridge, Hamilton, Inverness, Ayr, also in Mid-Lanark and Lanark Lower Ward; and can he state how many of these houses are required to take the place of houses certified by the medical officer of health as uninhabitable?
Statistics are not available giving the information desired, but I am sending the right hon. Baronet a statement based on the shortage of houses in the localities mentioned as estimated by the local authorities in 1919,612W and showing the number of houses completed or under construction under State assisted schemes since that date. The accommodation to be provided in houses that may be erected by these local authorities during the next five years is a matter for arrangement between the Scottish Board of Health and the local authorities when the latter submit their proposals for approval.