§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what plans he has to review existing tolerable standard laws for housing;
(2) whether he intends making severe condensation in a house a reason for declaring a house unfit for habitation;
(3) whether he intends to make lack of bath or shower a condition for a house being regarded as substandard.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
We are currently reviewing the statutory tolerable standard for houses in the context of our proposed reform of the home improvement and repair grants system, as outlined in the White Paper "Housing: The Government's Proposals for Scotland," published last November. We expect to issue a detailed consultation paper on our reform proposals shortly for comment.