HC Deb 24 February 1965 vol 707 c101W
51. Mr. Hugh D. Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland to what extent the housing shortage would be relieved if all houses currently standing empty for longer than one month were to be immediately occupied.

Dr. Mahon

I regret that the information on which such an assessment might be made is not available.

52. Mr. Carmichael

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many houses have been empty in Glasgow for more than one month; and what steps he intends to take to facilitate speedy acquisition of such houses by the local authority.

Dr. Mabon

I regret that this information is not available. Local Authorities already have wide powers to acquire houses, either by agreement or compulsorily, in order to meet the housing needs of their areas.

Mr. Galbraith

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has for dealing with empty houses.

Mr. Ross

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given today by my hon. Friend the Joint Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to my hon. Friends the Members for Glasgow, Kelvingrove (Dr. Miller) and Pollok (Mr. Garrow).