HC Deb 27 November 1968 vol 774 cc120-1W
73. Mr. Monro

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the progress of gale damage repairs in Scotland.

Mr. Ross

Returns from local authorities show that 95 per cent. of the 270,000 damaged houses have been repaired. Returns have not so far been obtained for other buildings such as industrial premises, but I have no reason for thinking that much work remains outstanding. On hospitals, work to the value of £60,000 has been completed £86,000 of work is in progress (including two schemes at Dunoon and at Larbert together costing £83,000); and minor schemes costing £4,000 have still to be begun.

89 and 90. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he will request the authorities concerned with storm damage repairs to compile a register showing the number of such damaged houses with an estimated future life of five, 10 and 15 years, respectively;

(2) if he will take steps to require the private owners of old tenement houses which have been repaired subsequent to the storm damage to register such houses with their local authority.

Mr. Ross

The Cullingworth Report on Scotland's Older Houses stressed the need for each local authority to survey and assess the condition and useful life of the housing stock in its area. The information obtained in connection with storm damage repair will be of value in these assesments, but they should not be restricted to storm damage properties.