HC Deb 31 March 1976 vol 908 cc498-9W
Mr. Welsh

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what studies have been instituted in Scotland regarding starter homes; what steps he has taken to encourage the building of these houses: and if he is satisfied that such houses can meet a specific need in Scottish housing.

Mr. William Ross

Studies and developments which have been undertaken in recent years comprise1965—Cumbernauld Development Corporation pilot project "Sectional Housing" (a form of extendible House). 1971—NBA report "The Extendible Home 1972—Edinburgh Corporation development project for an extendible house. 1973—SDD internal report "Low Cost Shell House

These studies have shown the difficulties of appreciably reducing the initial cost of a new house while maintaining adequate standards. Nevertheless if "starter homes" can provide good value for money and meet the requirements of the Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations, they can represent a useful means of widening access to owner occupation in Scotland. This possibility has been discussed with the Scottish Committee of the National House Building Council.