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Investment Company's Houses (Subsidy)

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if his attention has been called to a letter issued by the Western Heritable Investment Company, Limited, in which they indicate that they hope to be in a position to arrange occupation on a basis of sale; and, as the houses built by this company were aided by national and local authority subsidy and, as this is contrary to his declared decision not to

The following table gives the information desired:sanction the sale of these houses, what steps he proposes to take in this matter.


asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the 94 houses belonging to Western Heritable Investment Company, Glasgow, which have been untenanted for a considerable period, have yet been occupied; if the payment of the Exchequer and local subsidy contributions have been discontinued during the period of unoccupancy; and what arrangement he has agreed to with the company that will permit the parties who occupy the houses to become the ultimate purchasers.

The Corporation of Glasgow have discontinued the payment of subsidy to the company for 206 of their houses now unoccupied and my right hon. Friend has arranged to discontinue the payment of Exchequer contributions to the corporation for these houses. He has not agreed to any arrangement such as that referred to by the hon. Member for Glasgow, Central (Mr. McInnes).As the company have now instituted legal proceedings, it would be improper for me to make any further statement at the present time.