§ Sir John Gilmour
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his latest estimate of the number of new houses 538W which should be built in Scotland; and how this figure compares with the total of applications for housing in all the housing authorities in Scotland.
§ Mr. Millan
A reasonable estimate can only emerge from the comprehensive assessment of housing needs which district authorities have been urged to undertake. It is now widely accepted that applications for local authority houses alone do not provide a satisfactory indication of housing needs, and I do not collect information about them.