Mr John Wheatley: They have rejected a great number of them. I have not time to argue that, but hon. Members know how many they have accepted and how many they have rejected. In any case, they have ridden rough-shod over many of them. Why then should they say that they must be thirled to the recommendation of the Committee in regard to Scotland? The Committee said they had no evidence in regard to hardship in...
Mr John Wheatley: If that is the policy of Her Majesty's Government, will the Solicitor-General explain why they have accepted it in Scotland?
Mr John Wheatley: I did ask the hon. and learned Gentleman to address his mind to the consideration of the Government's proposals. We have put forward a number of constructive criticisms of alleged difficulties which prevent them carrying out leasehold enfranchisement. Would he kindly deal with those criticisms in the five minutes remaining?
Mr John Wheatley: The hon. and learned Gentleman should answer the criticisms.
Mr John Wheatley: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of houses built by private builders in Scotland for letting since November, 1951.
Mr John Wheatley: Is it the intention of Her Majesty's Government not to proceed with the inquiry, or is the delay merely occasioned by the difficulty in obtaining a suitable chairman?
Mr John Wheatley: Will the hon. Gentleman state categorically whether it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government not to pursue this inquiry?
Mr John Wheatley: Would the right hon. and gallant Gentleman tell us which of the 10 boards fall into the respective categories he has outlined?
Mr John Wheatley: No.
Mr John Wheatley: "Ish" is the date of the termination of the lease.
Mr John Wheatley: Yes.
Mr John Wheatley: In so far as the Government have not been able or seen fit to introduce legislation of a permanent nature, we on this side will support the Bill which is now before the House. We are, however, very sorry indeed, having regard to the importance of the subject, that the Government have not found it possible to introduce legislation of a permanent character on this very vexed question. It is a...
Mr John Wheatley: While I fully accept that, the right hon. and learned Gentleman will appreciate that in the event we are putting the cart before the horse. That is unfortunate because we really have to circumscribe the debate on the Second Reading of the Bill. In so far as we are not able to have permanent legislation, in the interests of all concerned it is desirable that the existing temporary legislation...
Mr John Wheatley: I gather that the right hon. and learned Gentleman agrees with that proposition. In the circumstances. I do not propose to say very much. I do not think that we on this side can accept that in the time at their disposal the Government could not have introduced legislation of a permanent nature, particularly having regard to the views expressed by senior members of the Government when in...
Mr John Wheatley: May I ask the same question: why cannot the Government make up their mind now?
Mr John Wheatley: The hon. and gallant Gentleman says, "We have made up our mind; we have told you," but this Committee reported in July, 1952. The Scottish Grand Committee, which is specially designed to discuss legislation of a peculiarly Scottish nature, until this morning had not met since 10th July, 1952, to deal with any Government Bill, or any Government business. Can the right hon. and gallant...
Mr John Wheatley: I did not think that it was not serious. I said it was more limited.
Mr John Wheatley: May I explain that "non-controversial matters" in relation to the Scottish Grand Committee is merely a euphemistic expression?
Mr John Wheatley: asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why only two of the nine schools on which building was planned to be started in Edinburgh during 1952 have, in fact, been started; when it is proposed to start building on the remaining seven; and when these schools will be ready for occupancy.
Mr John Wheatley: Is the Minister aware that the present rate of progress is quite inadequate for current needs and is more than inadequate to meet future needs? To what extent is the delay occasioned by the policy of Her Majesty's Government in relation to capital investment and to their educational policy, and to what extent is it due to the failure, if any, of the local authorities?