HC Deb 08 July 1981 vol 8 cc151-2W
Mr. John Home Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications were made to courts for orders for the possession of dwelling houses under the provisions of section 10 and case 7 of schedule 3 to the Rent (Scotland) Act 1971; and how many such orders were granted during each of the last few years.

Mr. Rifkind

I regret that this information is not available.

Mr. Rifkind

My right hon. Friend has rejected three out of eight applications; one because the area to benefit was not one of special social need, the other two because resources are limited and not all projects submitted can be assisted.

Mr. Strang

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if any projects local authorities submit for an urban aid grant will be passed conditional on a reduction in local authority staff; and if so, if he will specify the criteria that will be taken into account in reaching a decision.

Mr. Rifkind

No such conditions are attached to approvals. However, a local authority which proposes an urban aid project involving an increase in local authority staffing is required as a condition of application to certify that there are overall reductions in its staff numbers which will offset the proposed increase.