Housing

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th January 1988.

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Photo of Mr William McKelvey Mr William McKelvey , Kilmarnock and Loudoun 12:00 am, 27th January 1988

Am I correct in thinking, then, that the right hon. and learned Gentleman will be aware of the views of Scotland on the housing crisis in Scotland today? Nearly 1,250,000 people, including families, are living in overcrowded conditions. About 200,000 people are on the waiting lists. Some 31,000 are regarded as homeless. In Kilmarnock alone there are 2,000 on the single homeless list, with 600 of them now being regarded as deserving top priority. Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman consider COSLA's view that the Housing (Scotland) Bill now going through Committee does nothing to alleviate the problems of all those very unhappy people?