HC Deb 01 December 1959 vol 614 cc110-1W
68. Mr. Oswald

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that, following the collapse of the tenement building at 6, Beaumont Place, Edinburgh, which left homeless 19 families, a further 22 families have been given notice to quit within seven days from other parts of the same block of houses; and whether he will direct the Edinburgh Corporation to make a thorough examination of all existing slum properties as a safeguard against similar disasters.

Mr. Galbraith

My right hon. Friend is informed that the Corporation has made arrangements not only for the immediate vacation of these tenement buildings, but also for the rehousing of the families involved. He is satisfied that the Corporation is fully alive to the responsibilities vested in it by Parliament, for dealing with dangerous buildings and he sees no reason to intervene.