Homes to Rent

Part of Health and Wellbeing – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 28 June 2007.

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Photo of Stewart Maxwell Stewart Maxwell Scottish National Party 2:15, 28 June 2007

I cannot say any more about the spending review, as we must await its outcome. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and I will input our views on housing and the amount of money that is available for it to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, but we will have to wait until the review process is complete.

Land banking has been fairly successful in a number of areas, and my officials are examining it to find out whether we can do more with it.

As for Mr Purvis's invitation to come to the Borders to meet him and officials, I am pleased to say that, during the recess, I intend to visit the Borders to discuss a number of housing issues. If Mr Purvis writes to me, I will ensure that he is informed of my visit. I hope that we will be able to make some time to fit in a meeting with him and others.