Glasgow (Overspill)

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

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Photo of Mr James McInnes Mr James McInnes , Glasgow Central 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the total number of families who have indicated to Glasgow Corporation their willingness to transfer to overspill areas under the industrial selection scheme which that authority operates in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and National Service.

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

This investigation is still in progress, but I understand that almost 7,000 families have already indicated willingness to move to overspill areas.

Photo of Mr James McInnes Mr James McInnes , Glasgow Central

Is the Secretary of State aware that 7,000 families out of 189,000—approximately 4 per cent.—have indicated their willingness to transfer to overspill areas? Can he say what steps he proposes to take to encourage the other 182,000 families to remove to overspill areas against their will?

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

I think that on present form the Corporation is to be congratulated and encouraged by the size of the response at this early stage to overspill operations. I think that we can leave it to the Corporation to carry on with the arrangements which it is at present making.