§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what studies he has available on the need to replace metal-framed windows in public sector housing in Scotland; what financial provision he has made for the programme in the current and future financial year: and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
I have received no reports specifically on the need to replace metal-framed windows.
Local authorities and other public sector housing landlords can carry out the replacement of metal-framed windows as part of their capital programmes if they see this as a priority in comparison with other housing needs. Gross capital expenditure resources available for public sector housing in Scotland in 1992–93 are estimated to be £549 million. An equivalent estimate for 1993–94 will not be available until decisions are taken on the allocation of Scottish Homes' budget and final capital allocations to local authorities are announced in March.