Housing Stock Transfers (Investment)

Part of First Minister's Question Time — Prime Minister (Meetings) – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:11 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of Murray Tosh Murray Tosh Conservative 3:11, 13 March 2003

Does the First Minister accept that whole stock transfer may not be an attractive option for many of the remaining councils—I think that Argyll and Bute Council is the only council that is still in the queue—or for tenants in council areas where the housing stock has generally been well maintained? Does he agree that partial stock transfers could generate much-needed investment for specific estates?

Will the First Minister give a commitment, perhaps in the impending announcement, that it will be possible for Scottish councils to have the Treasury support that I understand is now to be made available to English councils to redeem overhanging debt in relation to partial stock transfers? Is the Scottish Executive willing to pilot arm's-length management projects that might allow existing public sector stock to be upgraded, but off the public sector balance sheet?