§ Mr. Dewar
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide the figures for capital expenditure for the Scottish Special Housing Association, the new towns, and the Housing Corporation and housing associations, for the financial years, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81 and, if available, 1981–82 all at 1981–82 outturn prices.
§ Mr. Younger
The information requested for the years 1977–78 to 1980–81 at the price base used for the calculation of the 1981–82 cash limits is shown in the table below. The final allocations to those agencies for 1981–82, based on the provision in "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1981–82 to 1983–84—Cmnd. 8175—have still to be decided.
1977–78 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81 £million £million £million (provisional) £million New towns gross investment 56 54 41 41 Scottish Special Housing Association gross investment 75 56 61 52 Housing Corporation schemes Net loans and grants to housing associations 38 50 60 71 Capital expenditure Local authority gross expenditure
1977–78 £million 1978–79 £million 1979–80 £million 1980–81 (provisional) £million Loans and grants to the housing associations 17 10 13 7
§ Mr. Rifkind
I do not have the information in the form requested. Hot and cold water at a sink and the exclusive use of an internal WC are requirements of the tolerable standard, and returns obtained from authorities in relation to that standard make it clear that the number of houses failing that standard because they lack a sink and/or a WC is as follows:
Number of Dwellings Lacking Sink* and/or WC† at 31 March 1980 SCOTLAND — TOTAL 66,595 Local Authority Berwickshire 80 Ettrick and Lauderdale 713 Roxburgh‡ — Tweeddale 205 Clackmannan 62 Falkirk 1,753 Stirling 525 Annandale and Eskdale 274 Nithsdale 116 Stewartry 140 Wigtown 184 Dunfermline 339 Kirkcaldy‡ — North East Fife 1,519 City of Aberdeen 5,282 Banff and Buchan‡ — Gordon 835 Kincardine and Deeside 598 Moray 2,266 Badenoch and Strathspey‡ — Caithness 509 Inverness 694 Lochaber 129 Nairn 20 Ross and Cromarty 1.376 Skye and Lochalsh 1,068 Sutherland 351 East Lothian 364 City of Edinburgh 14,000 Midlothian 14 West Lothian 555 Argyll and Bute 3,081 Bearsden and Milngavie 3 Clydebank 438 Clydesdale 315 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth‡ — Cumnock and Doon Valley 51 Cunninghame‡ — Dumbarton 255 East Kilbride 93 Eastwood 60 City of Glasgow 17,680
SCOTLAND — TOTAL 66,595 Hamilton 821 Inverclyde 642 Kilmarnock and Loudoun 586 Kyle and Carrick 330 Monklands 187 Motherwell 595 Renfrew 2,787 Strathkelvin 53 Angus‡ — City of Dundee‡ — Perth and Kinross 2,293 ORKNEY ISLANDS AREA — SHETLAND ISLANDS AREA 1,394 WESTERN ISLES ISLANDS AREA‡ — * Sink, with hot and cold water supply located within the house. † WC located within the house for exclusive use of occupants of the house. ‡ No return yet provided by authority.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The total number of vacant houses in Scotland is estimated at something over 150,000, of which about 35,000 are estimated to be in the public sector. The estimating methods, which are rather speculative, have been applied to data from the 1971 census, and the results are subject to a wide possible margin of error; no finer breakdown by tenure, or by individual local authority, is readily available. Improved estimates of the numbers and composition of the vacant housing stock will be provided by the post-enumeration survey of vacant property to be mounted in conjunction with the 1981 census.
§ Mr. Rifkind
This information is not available. The extent of the problem can vary considerably, even locally between houses of identical design and construction, as it is influenced by a complex inter-action between such physical factors as climate, built form, heating and ventilation and the way of life of different occupants. For these reasons the Government believe that responsibility for dealing with condensation and determining the priority such work should attract must rest with individual housing authorities.