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Housing

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th June 1950.

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Mr. Robertson:

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when it is likely that housebuilding will be resumed at Earlston, Berwickshire, to house the 200 families at present requiring accommodation in that area.

Mr. McNeil:

Further housing at Earlston depends on the progress of the Earnscleugh water scheme which, under present circumstances, is expected to begin in 1952.

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if compensation is to be paid to tenants of Cruden houses in respect of inconvenience caused and damage to furniture resulting from the fire-proofing of these houses.

Mr. McNeil:

I cannot usefully add anything to the reply given on 23rd May to the hon. Member for Dumfries (Mr. N. Macpherson).

Photo of Mr William Snadden Mr William Snadden , Kinross and West Perthshire

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, at any rate in my constituency, people had a complete invasion of workmen lasting over a week? When furniture is damaged is it not the responsibility of his Department to make some compensatory payment?

Mr. McNeil:

My Department made the most careful investigations and issued a circular giving the scheme of work which, I think, ought to have prevented any unlooked for damage. It may not be the responsibility of the Department; it may be the responsibility of a contractor.