The Secretary of State thinks that he is beginning to develop a sense of humour about Scotland. Most of us do not find the housing crisis and the conditions in which many of our constituents live a laughing matter. It is not a laughing matter at all. If the Secretary of State finds it funny, he should ask his constituents in Westerhailes whether they find their housing conditions at all funny. I feel sure that they would not like to see him sitting there and laughing at the housing problems of Scotland.
We welcome any money that will ensure that Scottish local authorities do not get into problems with housing finance, but the Secretary of State should not run away with the idea that the order will benefit, or do anything to stop, the major housing crisis that Scotland faces now.
It is worth pointing out to the Secretary of State that only seven of the 30 local authorities receiving the money have Labour-controlled councils. The rest of them are a variety of different authorities.