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Housing (Scotland) Money

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1949

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Considered in Committee under Standing Order No. 84.—[ King's Recommendation signified.]

[Mr. BOWLES in the Chair]

Resolved:

"That for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the Housing (Scotland) Acts, 1925 to 1946, and to promote the improvement of housing accommodation in Scotland by authorising the making of contributions out of the Exchequer and of grants by local authorities (hereinafter referred to as "the Act") it is expedient to authorise—

A. the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in—

  • (1) making to a local authority or to a corporation established by an order under section two of the New Towns Act, 1946 (hereinafter referred to as a 'development corporation'), towards the annual loss determined by the Secretary of State to be likely to be incurred by them as a result of giving effect to proposals approved by him for the provision of dwellings by means of the conversion of houses or other buildings or the improvement of dwellings, an annual contribution for twenty years of an amount equal to three-quarters of that loss, or, in the case of a local authority for an area or a development corporation for a new town in the Highlands and Islands, as defined in the Housing (Agricultural Population) (Scotland) Act, 1938, seven-eighths of that loss:
  • (2) making to a local authority, towards the expense incurred by them in making to a person other than a local authority a grant in respect of expenses incurred by him for the purposes of the execution of works for the provision of dwellings by means of the conversion of houses or other buildings or the improvement of dwellings, an annual contribution for twenty years of an amount equal to three-quarters, or, in the case of a local authority for any area in the aforesaid Highlands and Islands, seven-eighths of the annual loan charges referable to the amount of the grant;
  • (3) making to a local authority, in respect of arrangements made by them with a housing association or development corporation for the provision of dwellings by means of the conversion of houses or other buildings or the improvement of dwellings, an annual contribution for twenty years of an amount equal to three-quarters, or in the case of a local authority for any area in the aforesaid Highlands and Islands, seven-eighths, of the annual loss determined by the local authority, with the approval of the Secretary of State to be likely to be incurred by the association or corporation in carrying out the arrangements;
  • (4) making to a local authority or the Scottish Special Housing Association, in respect of a house or flat the cost of providing which has been or will be substantially enhanced by expenses attributable to measures taken to preserve the character of the surroundings, an annual contribution, in addition to any contribution payable under the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1944, or the Housing (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Act, 1946, for a period of sixty years of such amount as the Secretary of State may determine not exceeding, in the case of a local authority, five pounds, or in the case of the said Association, seven pounds ten shillings;
  • B. the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in making—

  • (1) to a local authority or development corporation, in respect of a new building provided, or a building converted, by them for use as a hostel (as defined by the Act); or
  • (2) to a local authority in respect of a new building provided, or a building converted, by a housing association or development corporation for such use being a building provided or converted under arrangements made by the local authority under section twenty-six of the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1935;
  • an annual contribution for such number of years, not exceeding sixty, and of such amount, not exceeding the sum produced by multiplying seven pounds by the number of bedrooms contained in the building, as the Secretary of State may determine;

    C. the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in making a grant to a local authority or to the Scottish Special Housing Association in respect of—

  • (1) the construction of a house or flat by an experimental method, the use for the purposes of experiment of any materials in the construction of a house or flat or the installation in a house or flat, in the course of the construction thereof, of equipment or fittings for those purposes; or
  • (2) the incorporation or installation in a house or flat, otherwise than in the course of the construction thereof, of materials, equipment or fittings for those purposes;
  • D. the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State attributable to any provisions of the Act empowering him to make contributions in respect of buildings provided or converted for use as hostels (as defined by the Act) which become vested in local authorities;

    E. the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in reimbursing to a local authority not more than one half of any loss sustained by them under a guarantee given by them for the repayment of advances made to its members by a society incorporated under the Building Societies Acts, 1874 to 1939, or the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts, 1893 to 1928, for the building or acquisition of houses or flats, being a guarantee as to which the Secretary of State is satisfied that the liability of the local authority thereunder cannot be greater than two-thirds of the principal of, and interest on, the amount by which the sum to be advanced by the society exceeds the sum which would normally be advanced by it without the guarantee;

    F. the payment out of moneys provided by Parliament of—

  • (1) any increase in the sums payable under section thirty-nine of the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1930, or Part II of the Local Government Act, 1948, out of moneys so provided which is attributable to the passing of this Act; and
  • (2) any increase in the sums payable under section twenty-six of the Housing (Scotland) Act, 1935, or under the Housing (Financial Provisions) (Scotland) Act, 1946, out of moneys so provided which is attributable to the removal from the Housing (Scotland) Acts, 1925 to 1946, of references to the working classes; and
  • G. the payment into the Exchequer of all sums received by the Secretary of State under the Act."—[ Mr. Woodburn.]

    Resolution to be reported tomorrow.