asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will now make any further statement as to the number of houses to be built under private licence in Scotland; and as to any further discretion to be allowed to local authorities in this connection.
It is too soon to come to any conclusions about the concessions which I announced in reply to the hon. Member for Springburn (Mr. Forman) on 29th March, but I will review the position again in six months or thereabouts.
As the right hon. and gallant Gentleman knows from his experience of both offices, the position of building in Scotland, particularly in relation to the proportion of private enterprise housing, is very different from that in England, and I would not think that the remedy applicable in England need necessarily be applicable in Scotland. At any rate, I suggest to him that I ought to give this scheme a run and then look at the results.
Since the right hon. Gentleman announced his scheme, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced what he held out as a concession. Is it to be taken that this concession applies only south of the Border? After all, it is generally supposed that the housing shortage in Scotland is at least as great as that in England.