HC Deb 07 June 1976 vol 912 cc523-4W
Mr. Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) by what means he determines the housing needs of each of

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
Number of children under 16 referred by the reporter to a children's hearing 44* 102 134 122
Number of children under 16 dealt with in court 781† 157 22 32 15
* The children's hearings came into effect on 16th April 1971. This figure is for the period 16th April to 31st December.
† This figure includes persons aged 16 as they were classed as children in 1970.

the local authorities responsible for housing;

(2) what information he has about the shortage of houses in each of the local authority areas responsible for housing; and if he is satisfied that the information given to him is accurate.

Mr. Hugh D. Brown

In October last year I asked local authorities to undertake comprehensive assessments of housing needs as a basis for working out local policies and programmes following the approach outlined in the recently published study "Local Housing Needs and Strategies: A Case Study of the Dundee sub-region".