Vacant Houses

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing, Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1952.

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Photo of Mrs Jean Mann Mrs Jean Mann , Coatbridge and Airdrie 12:00 am, 25th March 1952

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how far local authorities have power under his Regulations to acquire existing houses which may be vacant; and if they may so acquire without the obligation to modernise such houses.

Commander Galbraith:

Yes; the power is contained in Section 62 in the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1950.

Photo of Mr James McInnes Mr James McInnes , Glasgow Central

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the process of acquisition involves bringing in an official arbiter? How long will it take to give effect to his decision? Is the general average 10 or 12 months?

Commander Galbraith:

That is another question.

Photo of Mrs Jean Mann Mrs Jean Mann , Coatbridge and Airdrie

Does not the hon. and gallant Gentleman think it well worth while a local authority acquiring these houses? Would he encourage local authorities to acquire them, whether they have to wait on the arbiter or not?

Commander Galbraith:

That is a matter for the local authorities.

Photo of Mr John Wheatley Mr John Wheatley , Edinburgh East

In view of the apparent reluctance of local authorities to take advantage of powers contained in the Housing Act to acquire these houses, will Her Majesty's Government give sympathetic consideration to a Private Member's Bill, standing in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Dunbartonshire, West (Mr. Steele)?

Commander Galbraith:

No, Sir.