Results 161–180 of 1232 for speaker:Mr Jack Browne

Orders of the Day — Clause 19. — (Duty of Local Authorities to Make Grants Towards Certain Improvements.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I cannot give that information. The hon. Gentleman then gave us details of bad housing conditions in the rural areas and asked if this Clause would effect improvements. Then he said it was window dressing. I cannot see the logic of the hon. Gentleman's mind. He either does or does not want Scotland's houses to be improved. This Bill is no fairy wand which will improve all the houses. What we...

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: The hon. Member for Glasgow, Central (Mr. Mclnnes) and the hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Mr. Hannan) have spoken for Glasgow primarily. I felt especially that the hon. Member for Glasgow, Central was speaking perhaps a little more for Glasgow than for himself, because he said that there was a degree of justification for "may". This is an absolutely key Amendment. It will not escape the...

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: The hon. Lady will see in Clause 19 the words: … if an application in that behalf is made by that person to the local authority and approved by them before the works are begun and the works are executed to the satisfaction of the authority. The hon. Lady will see that the works must be approved by the local authority, that the application must be a valid one for standard grant and that the...

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I can assure the hon. Lady that we have given this matter very serious consideration. She is not right when she says that all the argument is on the side of the landlord and there is none on the side of the local authority. What we want to do, and what the Bill does, is to obviate any element of argument as far as practicable. We want each party to know where it is. The whole conception of...

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I agree with the hon. Lady that we have to face the fact that far too many people in Scotland are living in overcrowded conditions. Without any party politics at all, all the resources and energies of Governments and local authorities have been trying to cure this legacy of the past. Our second three-year phase in slum clearance schemes has now started, we have higher subsidies in Scotland,...

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: The hon. Member may not realise that there is another Amendment on that point.

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: It would not be proper for me to deal with details of subsidies or the size of houses as that does not come within the terms of this Measure.

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: Yes. I made a passing reference, but I did not go into detail. My hon. Friend the Member for South Angus (Sir J. Duncan) is incorrect in his interpretation of the word "improvement", but what he has in mind is more correct than hon. Members opposite may believe. The local authorities are the judges of what constitutes a bathroom or any other kind of amenity. They have to accept or reject an...

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: This Amendment seeks to enable the local authority to require that before the standard grant is made the house shall be brought to a standard higher than, as the hon. Member for Hamilton (Mr. T. Fraser) has said, that of being not unfit for human habitation. On the other hand, there are so many houses that need money spent on them that we feel it is clearly wisest—and I think that the hon....

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: The tenant can apply to the local authority for a certificate of disrepair.

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: We want to get the standard amenities in, and if we set too high a standard we shall fail in that.

Orders of the Day — Clause 14. — (Amount of Contribution Under S. 13.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: On the point raised by the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Mr. Willis), I should like to take advice. If the Bill should be amended in any respect, we still have opportunities to amend it. We have given careful consideration to the question of appeal, which was mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, South (Mr. M. Clark Hutchison). The whole essence of the matter is that an...

Orders of the Day — Clause 23. — (Effect of Standard Grant on Limit of Improvement Grant.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I beg to move, in page 13, line 40, at the beginning, to insert: (1) Where, at any time within three years after the making of a standard grant in respect of a dwelling, an application for an improvement grant is made in respect of that dwelling and the application contains a statement of the cost incurred in executing the works in respect of which the standard grant was made, subsection (4)...

Orders of the Day — Clause 24. — (Amendment of Provisions of Act of 1950 Relating to Improvement Grants.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: The hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Mr. Willis) referred to the Amendment in subsection (2), the reduction of the period of twenty to ten years. One of the conditions of the standard grant is that after the work has been done a dwelling shall last for no less than fifteen years. It is thus illogical to attach conditions to the grant which continue for twenty years. Apart from that, we have...

Orders of the Day — Clause 24. — (Amendment of Provisions of Act of 1950 Relating to Improvement Grants.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: The period is ten years, whether it is in respect of an improvement or a standard grant. The hon. Member complained that the words referring to the owner or tenant had been taken out and what he referred to as jargon put in their place.

Orders of the Day — Clause 24. — (Amendment of Provisions of Act of 1950 Relating to Improvement Grants.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: I will not put words into my hon. Friend's mouth. It may be that he used them, and it may be that he did not. In Scotland it is now a condition that if a house is to qualify for the improvement grant it must not be occupied except by the owner or the tenant. As the hon. Member may not realise, this is a very much more restrictive condition than is now enforced in England and Wales.

Orders of the Day — Clause 24. — (Amendment of Provisions of Act of 1950 Relating to Improvement Grants.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: Oh, yes, we are trying to bring these matters into line. I do not see why conditions in Scotland should be more restrictive than they are in England. We want improvements in Scotland just as much as in England. In England and Wales a house may be occupied by a member of the owner's family or a person who, on the death of the owner, has obtained the owner's interest in the house or in the...

Orders of the Day — Clause 24. — (Amendment of Provisions of Act of 1950 Relating to Improvement Grants.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: He was in a much worse position than a man who had improved a house in England or Wales, and I have never understood why that should be. But if the right hon. Gentleman will allow me, I will develop my argument. I said we had had representations from the Scottish Landowners' Federation and also we have had representations from the Association of County Councils.

Orders of the Day — Clause 24. — (Amendment of Provisions of Act of 1950 Relating to Improvement Grants.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: No, but from the Association of County Councils which made representations at the end of 1957 or the beginning of 1958—I have the letter before me. When in 1949 the Bill was introduced which later became the Housing (Scotland) Act, the right hon. Member for East Stirlingshire (Mr. Woodburn) incorporated into it this set of stringent conditions which we are now abolishing in order to bring...

Orders of the Day — Clause 24. — (Amendment of Provisions of Act of 1950 Relating to Improvement Grants.) (18 Feb 1959)

Mr Jack Browne: If the House is sold to someone other than a person coming within the categories mentioned in subsection (3, b (i)) or (ii), the owner cannot sell for three years. If the purchaser cannot live in the property himself, he must let it at a controlled rental for the remainder of the ten-year period. So that the right hon. Gentleman is not correct in what he says. I was about to conclude by...


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