Site, Glasgow (Housing Development)

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 what representations he has received from Glasgow Corporation regarding its desire to develop a site at Dumbreck Avenue, Glasgow, for housing purposes; and what reply he has sent.

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

The Corporation represented to me that this site, which is held for development as a Territorial Army centre, should be made available instead to the Corporation for housing development. After consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War, I wrote to the Corporation explaining why this could not be done, and I am sending the hon. Member a copy of my letter.

Photo of Mr James McInnes Mr James McInnes , Glasgow Central

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the feeling in Glasgow about the fact that he is prepared to give a drill hall priority over housing in a city which has no further sites available on which to build and which has a waiting list of 120,000? In those circumstances, is it not wicked and shameful to make a decision of this kind?

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

The hon. Gentleman will know that this matter has a long history. I think that at an earlier stage planning permission for the use of this site for this purpose was given by the Corporation.