Redevelopment Schemes (Compensation for Disturbance)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1959.

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Photo of Alice Cullen Alice Cullen , Glasgow Gorbals 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider issuing a circular to all Scottish local authorities, similar to the one issued by the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs on the compensation payable to tenants for disturbance of business under the redevelopment schemes.

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

Yes, Sir. I propose to deal with this matter in a circular which is to be sent shortly to local authorities in Scotland.

Photo of Alice Cullen Alice Cullen , Glasgow Gorbals

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, as a result of the vast scale of development being undertaken in the area which I have the honour to represent, business people are having to leave, and some of them cannot even find employment? Will he do his very utmost to ensure that these people receive a fair deal under the compensation arrangements?

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

While the use of these powers in any particular case is a matter within the discretion of the local authority, I share the hon. Lady's view that local authorities should make use of the statutory powers wherever appropriate.