§ Mrs. Gorman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the way in which rents to mortgages was marketed to the initial group of eligible tenants and then to local authority tenants.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The pilot rents-tomortgages scheme became available to eligible tenants of Scottish Homes and the new town development corporations in Scotland on 30 October 1989. Scottish Homes produced an explanatory leaflet which was distributed to each of its eligible tenants. Supplies of the leaflet were also made available to new town development corporations.
The pilot scheme was extended to local authority tenants in Scotland on 1 April 1991 and was publicised by a campaign on television, in the national and local press and on radio. This was necessary because of the difficulty of contacting local authority tenants directly. An explanatory leaflet was also produced, and around 20,000 inquiries were received. The television advertising campaign was repeated in October. All eligible tenants interested in the scheme are offered detailed counselling and advice about the scheme and about the consequences of becoming a home owner.