§ 27. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now make a statement about the prospects of modernising the National Coal Board houses in Denbeath, Methil.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The Scottish Special Housing Association has revised its programme in the light of the indications given to it about the future availability of resources and the priorities my right hon. Friend has asked it to observe. It has concluded that it could not start work on the National Coal Board houses at Denbeath, Methil before 1984–85 at the earliest. The condition of the houses therefore remains the responsibility of the National Coal Board.