§ Mr. James Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total cost for advertising the sale of coun- 386W cil houses; how many extra staff are involved; and how many houses have been sold, district by district.
§ Mr. Rifkind
With regard to the total cost of advertising the sale of council houses, I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Berwick and East Lothian (Mr. Home Robertson) on 3 November.—[Vol. 991, c.443.]
No extra staff have been required by my Department to deal with the implementation of the Tenants Rights Etc. (Scotland) Act.
No houses will yet have been sold under the statutory right to buy. The table following shows the latest available information on the number of voluntary sales concluded by local authorities under the terms of the general consent issued in May 1979 in respect of the period May 1979 to 1 August 1980, in the form requested. There have also been substantial sales by the Scottish Special Housing Association and the new towns.
Borders region Berwickshire 24 Ettrick and Lauderdale — Roxburgh — Tweeddale — Central region Clackmannan 44 Falkirk 26 Stirling 96 Dumfries and Galloway region Annandale and Eskdale — Wigtown — Nithsdale — Stewartry 28 Fife region Dunfermline — Kirkcaldy 431 North East Fife 44 Grampian region Aberdeen City — Banff and Buchan 9 Gordon — Kincardine and Deeside — Moray 32 Highland region Badenoch and Strathspey — Caithness 11 Inverness — Lochaber — Nairn — Ross and Cromarty — Skye and Lochalsh — Sutherland 15 Lothian region Edinburgh City 217 East Lothian — Midlothian — West Lothian 106
Strathclyde region Argyll and Bute — Bearsden and Milngavie 3 Strathkelvin — Clydebank — Clydesdale — Cumbernauld and Kilsyth 9 Cumnock and Doon Valley — Cunninghame 405 Dumbarton — East Kilbride — Eastwood 44 Glasgow City — Hamilton — Inverclyde 114 Kilmarnock and Loudoun — Kyle and Carrick 109 Monklands — Motherwell — Renfrew — Tayside region Angus 10 Dundee City 23 Perth and Kinross 248 Island areas Orkney — Shetland — Western Isles — Scotland Total 2,048