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 Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour 3:11, 13 March 2003

I am sure that the First Minister agrees that the proposals in Argyll and Bute for whole stock transfer into community ownership are welcome, not least because they will provide significant, much- needed investment to improve the quality of people's homes. However, will he take on board the fact that the cost of construction is higher in rural and island communities because of a shortage of skilled labour? Will he take account of that additional cost in arriving at a valuation for transfer?