HC Deb 26 June 1934 vol 291 cc972-3W

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland in respect of how many houses in Scotland certificates have been granted approving assistance by way of loan and how many approving assistance by way of grant under the Housing (Rural Workers) Act, 1926, in each quarter of 1933 and in the first quarter of 1934?


The following table contains the information asked for:

Housing (Rural Workers) Acts, 1926 and 1931.
Number Houses approved for
Loans. Grants.
Quarter ended 31st March. 4 792
Quarter ended 30th June. 25 797
Quarter ended 30th September. 8 762
Quarter ended 31st December. 9 525
Quarter ended 31st March. 10 1,284


asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of houses under construction, with the assistance of a State subsidy, in each of the months of February to May (inclusive), 1934; the number approved for subsidy in each of the same months but not begun; the number constructed with the help of a State guarantee under the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1933; the number approved for guarantee, but not begun, in each month since the Act came into operation; and at what rents these houses are to be let?


The numbers of houses under construction under State-assisted schemes at the end of February, March, April and May of this year were 16,446, 14,674, 14681, and 14,488, respectively. The figures for the first two of those months included 1,809 and 412 houses, respectively, under construction by private enterprise in respect of which subsidy ceased as from 31st March last. The numbers of houses approved for subsidy but not begun at the same dates were 3,598, 3,738, 4,456, and 3,917, respectively. The figure of 3,598 for February included 331 houses previously approved for erection by private enterprise. As regards the last three parts of the question, one scheme, comprising 260 houses, has been approved for guarantee purposes under Section 3 of the Act of 1933. Of these houses, which were approved in April last, 20 have been completed, approximately 180 are under construction, and the remainder have not been begun. The houses are to be let at £27 per annum, exclusive of occupiers' rates.