Housing (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 pm on 11th February 1987.

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Photo of Mr John Maxton Mr John Maxton , Glasgow Cathcart 10:31 pm, 11th February 1987

I shall certainly not give way to the hon. Lady.

We should study the figures that have been drawn up by COSLA—they are based on figures provided by the Scottish Office. The Minister should remember that when he tries to evade the evidence. The figures relate to the condition of housing— that is what matters to people. Out of the 854,000 council houses in Scotland, 332,900 need modernising; 118,200 need to be rewired; 314,000 suffer from dampness or condensation, and 50,000 need major or structural repairs.

Of course, one can double count. One can spend a great deal of money to cure the dampness and condensation in a house without modernising it or vice versa. Any fool could work that out— even this Minister. COSLA estimate that it would cost £880 million per year for the next ten years to get the existing Scottish housing stock in order.

Scotland faces a major housing crisis and the tenants in council houses are facing major problems. However, at the end of the day, the Government simply do not care and nor does the Minister. Their only concern—