Abandoned Properties, Glasgow

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st July 1959.

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Photo of Mr James McInnes Mr James McInnes , Glasgow Central 12:00 am, 21st July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if his attention has been directed to the large number of privately-rented houses which have been abandoned by their owners in Glasgow; what representations he has received from the Glasgow Corporation regarding the cost of repairs which it has to carry out to abate nuisance and also the cost of ultimate demolition; and what reply he has made.

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

My right hon. Friend knows that abandoned properties often create a serious problem, but he has received no representations from the Corporation on the subject.

Photo of Mr James McInnes Mr James McInnes , Glasgow Central

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this problem is peculiar to the City of Glasgow and that this reprehensible practice of each year abandoning several hundred properties has cost the local authority a large sum of money, hundreds of thousands of pounds? If the local authority makes representations, can the hon. Gentleman indicate whether there is any hope of its getting financial assistance from the Government?

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

I am afraid that I cannot answer that supplementary question at this juncture.