Houses (Renting)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th December 1957.

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Photo of Mrs Jean Mann Mrs Jean Mann , Coatbridge and Airdrie 12:00 am, 17th December 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many houses with valuations of £40 and under are vacant and available for renting.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

The information asked for is not available.

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

Is it not the case that it is not available because there are no houses to let? Is it not the case that since the end of the war private enterprise has not provided a single house to rent but has taken away from the efforts of the local authority by selling houses vacated by rehoused tenants of the local authority?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I do not think the hon. Lady is right in saying that there are no houses to let coming into the market. If one watches the newspapers carefully one sees that there are. I do not accept the implications of the second part of the supplementary question.