Cockenzie-Port Seton (Housing Allocation System)

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 John Mackintosh Mr John Mackintosh , Berwickshire and East Lothian 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will refer the housing allocation system of the Burgh of Cockenzie-Port Seton to the Scottish Housing Advisory Committee under Section 143 of the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1950, in view of the obligation of local authorities under that Act to give reasonable preference to persons who are occupying insanitary or overcrowded houses and the fact that these considerations are not included in the burgh's points system for housing allocation.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

The Scottish Housing Advisory Committee is already studying the methods by which local authorities allocate the tenancies of their houses and has obtained information about present practice from a large number of authorities, including Cockenzie and Port Seton.

Photo of Mr John Mackintosh Mr John Mackintosh , Berwickshire and East Lothian

Would the Secretary of State not agree that in particular cases not only should housing allocation schemes be fair but that it should be possible to examine them and explain to the public that they are fair or unfair as the case may be?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Ratepayers in a particular area should know what the allocation scheme is and should see for themselves. Explanations as to the justice of a scheme should come from their local representatives.