Results 21–40 of 1232 for speaker:Mr Jack Browne

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Summerston (21 Jul 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I have asked the National Coal Board to submit a comprehensive and current assessment of the probable ultimate need for, or the timing of, this project.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Summerston (21 Jul 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: My hon. Friend is not fiddling about with it. This is a very important matter affecting the lives of many people and we think it right to have a comprehensive and current assessment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Migraine (21 Jul 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I regret that this information is not available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Migraine (21 Jul 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: According to my information, there are no authoritative figures.

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: In fairness to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Pollok (Mr. George), I think I should tell the hon. Gentleman that I have not a clue about what my hon. Friend is going to say.

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I will start on a pleasant and friendly note by replying to something said by the hon. Lady the Member for Glasgow, Kelvingrove (Mrs. McAlister). She said that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister had mentioned that we now hear nothing about the Rent Act. In my experience, we have pot heard about the Rent Act. The hon. Lady said that it has not worked out as smoothly as its formulators...

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: We have appealed to the private owners and have given them standard grants to do the work. Reference has been made by the hon. Member for Glasgow, Central, to what he called restriction and havoc in housing policy caused by the present Government.

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: To be fair to the private owner, I think I am right in saying that the Act came into force only last Sunday. The housing position in Scotland different from that in England. We are still building more houses per year than were built at any time under the Labour Government. This reduction in building in Scotland is not due to any restrictions imposed on local authorities by the Government. In...

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: Perhaps the hon. Member will at least do me the kindness to let me finish my sentence. As I was saying, there has been no slackening of effort on the part of local authorities, hut, of course, the effort is becoming a little more difficult, and it is being directed into slightly different channels. First of all, the local authorities, especially in the industrial areas, are tending to...

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: That is not in the local government field.

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I am not going to be put on the defensive. Considering that Scottish subsidies are paid by the United Kingdom taxpayer, I am surprised that any Scot on either side of the Committee wants to raise the point of Scottish housing subsidies. I am not going to deal any further with the point when we said that we had built 300,000 houses and hon. Members opposite said that they had built 200,000...

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: Yes, that is a fact. We feel that if the local authorities would pool the subsidies already available to them on the vast number of houses already built and if they would charge reasonable rents for those houses with rent rebate schemes, the present rate of interest and the present subsidy would be quite sufficient for them to continue building without causing any undue burden.

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I quite agree with the hon. Gentleman. But if the subsidies are pooled the weight is taken off the house that is having to be built at a time of high interest rates. Does the Committee realise exactly how much money all Scottish housing gets by way of subsidy? It is over £17 million a year.

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: That is nearly £3 10s. per head per annum on the Scottish people, and not all Scottish people get the benefit of that £3 10s. per head. I would also remind hon. Members that despite the high interest rates, which I agree have prevailed recently—and we are now glad to see it steady at last—according to the Rating Review for 1958 issued by the Scottish branch of the Institute of Municipal...

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: This is a democratic country and we leave it to the local authorities to decide on the size of their houses. Several local authorities, including Labour-controlled ones, pressed the Government to be allowed to build a smaller type of house at a time when the Government were not allowing smaller houses to be built. The hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. T. Fraser) knows what I am going to say. The...

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: There has been a lot of misunderstanding about the large number of smaller houses. After the war we had a large number of fairly big families needing homes in Scotland.

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: Quite rightly, the local authorities at the time built a very large number of three, four and five-apartment houses.

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: The difficulty was that they built their four and five-apartment houses in long rows and they forgot one important point, namely, that what we need is a planned community. The children grow up and the old people want to move into the area where their children are, but there are no homes for them. So we in Scotland are faced with too high a proportion of unbalanced communities. It is in order...

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: Yes, I am prepared to say that. I feel the Committee should know what is being done about it. We accept that generally the conditions under which people in Glasgow live are the worst in the United Kingdom and probably the worst in Western Europe. I do not have to tell the Committee of the degree of overcrowding and the large number of unfit houses. Half the houses in the city, with over...

Orders of the Day — Local Authority Housing (18 Jun 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: This is a legacy of past generations.


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