Housing (Improvement Grants)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns 12:00 am, 22nd April 1970

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the rate of progress of house improvement in Scotland following the passing of the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1969; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

I shall be satisfied only when no more improvement work remains to be done, but in the first quarter of this year 25 per cent. more applications for grant were approved than in the first quarter of 1969.

Photo of Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith Mr Alick Buchanan-Smith , North Angus and Mearns

Will the Minister of State say what progress has been made in privately-rented accommodation, which is a very important sector, particularly in certain cities?

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

There has been an improvement in the first quarter of 1970 compared with that of 1969, although not quite as dramatic an improvement as that in the local authority sector. I have taken the first quarter deliberately because, as is understandable, in the last quarter of 1969 people were waiting to see what the Act meant before they made applications.

Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill

How many applications have been received from the City of Glasgow, and how many houses are involved?

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

I am afraid that I cannot give that information without notice. But I am not satisfied with the pace at which it is proceeding.