Midlothian and Peebles County Councils hope that some 24 and 12 houses, respectively, will be completed in their areas this year under the special agricultural workers' programme. In addition, Midlothian County Council expect to let four houses to agricultural workers from their general housing programme in 1952.
In this area there should be no dissatisfaction with the progress which has been made. We consider it entirely in keeping with the national achievement.
The Scottish Special Housing Association who are carrying out the special miners' programme in Midlothian, hope that some 250 houses in the landward area will be completed this year. The Association were also authorised this year to build 400 additional houses for miners under the special programme. In addition, the County Council expect to allot in 1952 to resident miners on their list some 50 houses from their general housing programme.
Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman recommend to those responsible that the houses should not all be built in one area and that the miners in Midlothian should not be prevented from applying to go on county council lists, as in Lanarkshire?