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Housing

Volume 527: debated on Tuesday 11 May 1954

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63.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he proposes to undertake a new survey of housing requirements as suggested in D. H. S. circular No. 14/1954.

The appendix to the circular pointed out that the type and size of houses to be built could not be determined satisfactorily without an up-to-date survey of actual housing requirements. This is primarily a matter for the local authorities who have a statutory duty to consider the housing conditions and needs of their districts.

64.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he has taken to facilitate the examination of the new lower standard houses by local authority representatives; and how many such houses are available for inspection, other than in Edinburgh.

I cannot, of course, accept the implication that living standards have been lowered. Local authorities were invited, by a circular issued on 5th April, to inspect the demonstration flats built to the new standards in Edinburgh, which will be open for inspection until 29th May.I understand that houses to the same standards have been built in other districts by non-traditional contractors, who will, no doubt, be ready to facilitate inspection by local authorities.