asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has reached any decision regarding the provision of subsidies to enable local authorities to undertake, respectively, the reconditioning of houses and the erection of houses for occupation by tenants who do not come within the scope of the Acts relating to slum-clearance or overcrowding; and whether any report is to be made avail able of the result of the conversation with representatives of the Convention of Royal Burghs in Edinburgh on 14th July?
At the meeting referred to I intimated that, while I did not minimise the case submitted by the convention, I could not at present promise to introduce the necessary legislation in view of the urgent need for making progress with slum-clearance and overcrowding work, and the difficult labour position. I promised, however, to keep the local authorities' representations fully in mind for consideration at a more opportune time.
No, Sir, I should like to see faster progress, and the association assure me that they have the construction of a much larger number of houses in contemplation.
The number of working-class houses built for letting by private enterprise in Scotland since the 1st January, 1934, is 8,436. Prior to that date the number of private enterprise houses built for letting was not separately recorded. The total number of working-class houses, however, which have been built by private enterprise in Scotland from 1929 to June, 1939, is 67,400. As regards the second part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health.