Local Authority Houses (Allocation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress is being made by the Scottish Housing Advisory Committee in their consideration of the methods whereby local authorities allocate their houses.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I hope to have the Committee's report by the end of the year.

Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr

Will the right hon. Gentleman pursue the results of this report with the greatest speed? Does he not agree that many people are put in a position of great hardship by having to move, sometimes only a short distance of two or three miles, crossing the boundary of a local authority and then losing their priority on the housing list? Will he look at this very sympathetically?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman.

Mr. Edward M. Taylor:

Is the Secretary of State aware of the special problem in Glasgow, where more than 90 per cent. of flats for single persons and aged couples are allocated to existing council tenants, as a result of which people in privately rented property, single people or aged couples, do not have very much hope of getting such accommodation? Will that be covered by the report?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

The report will be covering all forms of allocation. The Committee has asked for information from local authorities throughout Scotland and most of them have already provided it. The Committee will be able to assess it and so be helped in reaching its findings.