House Building

Part of 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 William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

As to the causes, one was the weather, and, although I cannot make any promise about it, I hope that cause has been removed. There certainly has been some improvement. There arises the question of availability of land which in some areas is scarce. We have taken steps to ensure that we shall know well in advance what the demands in Scotland will be, and that is why we have undertaken these five year programmes. There are some indications of pressure on the planning staffs of local authorities. It may be that they have been held up because we are concentrating on five year plans. There is some indication that in some of the finishing trades there may be difficulty, and we are taking this matter up with the building industry and with the National Building Agency.