asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that increasing numbers of people are being induced to buy houses which are likely to be condemned in the near future under schemes subject to his approval; and if he will therefore initiate a publicity campaign to make prospective buyers aware of the legal position.
My right hon. Friend has no evidence that the purchase of houses likely to be condemned has increased. His Department asks local authorities to publicise slum clearance proposals approved under the Housing (Repairs and Rents) (Scotland) Act, 1954. Local authorities also give advice to intending purchasers who are in doubt about particular houses.
Will the hon. Member undertake to look into a case in Prinlaws in Fife if I send him the information? Is he aware that certain people there are being induced to buy houses which will probably be condemned next year by the Fife County Council? In those circumstances, will he make clear what compensation those people can or cannot get, if that is the case?