Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment. This drafting Amendment extends the scope of the offence of occupying a street without permission to all operations in the building field and matches up to the new Clause A by including maintenance as one of the operations.
Mr Jack Browne: An expert panel of the Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee has reported on the best way to control the handling and disposal of radioactive waste. The Government will shortly be consulting the local authority associations and others interested about proposals for legislation and the issue of a White Paper will then be considered. In the meantime, my right hon. Friend's officers will...
Mr Jack Browne: Yes. The hon. Member is right in relation to industrial waste; that is, waste from industrial firms. My right hon. Friend, in conjunction with other Ministers, will do everything he can to bring this to a satisfactory conclusion.
Mr Jack Browne: Yes. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture is being kept fully informed.
Mr Jack Browne: My right hon. Friend is satisfied that in this case there was no carelessness. It was a very unfortunate occurrence. The firm was doing what the Alkali Inspectorate had suggested that it should do, and there is no cause for public alarm.
Mr Jack Browne: In the particular instance they have been already made sufficient.
Mr Jack Browne: My hon. Friend the Member for Dumfries (Mr. N. Macpherson) regrets that he is unable to answer this important debate, which I have to answer in seven or seven and a half minutes. It is, of course, quite undeniable that the schools are going through a period of very great difficulty because of the shortage of teachers, and the hon. Member for Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Rankin) has helped the House...
Mr Jack Browne: Any question on the rehabilitation of derelict sites under Section 5 of the 1945 Act should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade. As regards Section 3, which refers, not to rehabilitation, but to the improvement of basic services, no schemes where assistance had been promised were suspended by Scottish Departments in 1952. The renewed availability of grant...
Mr Jack Browne: I am sure that local authorities are aware. The responsibility under Section 5 is that of the Board of Trade and under Section 3, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.
Mr Jack Browne: I apologise, Mr. Speaker, for this slightly lengthy reply. My right hon. Friend has investigated the progress being made by Caithness County Council in the difficult task of finding accommodation for tinker families normally resident in its area, and he is satisfied that he would not be justified in proceeding as my hon. Friend suggests. The absorption into the community of tinkers, with...
Mr Jack Browne: I am not defending bad housing conditions. This application was made in July, 1956, but, as I have explained to the hon. Gentleman, the council is maintaining its progress and has already rehoused a very large number of tinker families living under equally difficult conditions.
Mr Jack Browne: Yes, Sir—or as bad.
Mr Jack Browne: Yes, Sir.
Mr Jack Browne: No, Sir. The right hon. Gentleman will know, although he does not represent a Scottish constituency, that there are in Scotland very many people with far longer outstanding applications living in very bad housing conditions, and I am satisfied that the local authority is doing its best and is doing all it can to better this position.
Mr Jack Browne: The main order for vehicle bodies was completed in just under six months after the placing of the contract and a supplementary order is expected to be completed in just over three months. This compares with from five to thirteen months in the last two years in which orders were placed.
Mr Jack Browne: Yes, Sir, but we have done very well in this particular case.
Mr Jack Browne: The joint committee advised that there was likely to be a serious and unexpected shortage of ambulances. The numbers of vehicles requiring replacement or major repair were greater than expected. In addition the committee's estimate of vehicles to be saved as a result of co-ordination schemes proved to over over-optimistic. Additional ambulances were, therefore, required to maintain the fleet...
Mr Jack Browne: No, Sir. As the hon. Gentleman knows, big changes have been taking place in the Scottish Ambulance Service, and all for the better. This is one little "trip-up" that we have had.
Mr Jack Browne: Housing development has started at Haddington, Kirkintilloch and Johnstone, and the first tenants are now being selected by the local authorities concerned, in consultation with Glasgow Corporation. Movement is expected to begin this year.
Mr Jack Browne: Yes, Sir. We are treating it as a major operation. Work on over 1,000 houses is in hand, excluding a further 900 which are being built for Glasgow families in the new towns.