Proposals have been approved and work is in progress for the erection of 45 houses at Pilrig Street, 48 at Annfield, and 27 at Laverockbank. It is hoped that a decision on the winning design for Leith Fort will be announced this month. Thereafter drawings and specifications will be prepared and tenders invited. The Corporation cannot yet forecast exactly when building will begin, but I am assured that there will be no avoidable delay.
In view of the appalling housing conditions in certain parts of Leith and the continual decline in the numbers of people living there, does not the hon. Gentleman agree that this is a matter of great urgency? Will he give an assurance that he will push on with re-housing and slum clearance in this area?
Yes. Sir. We will do everything we can to push on, but I think the hon. Member will agree that Leith Fort is a very important site and that it should be carefully planned.