asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with present methods and efforts to improve Scottish housing; and if he will make a statement.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 1974 has improved the house improvement grant scheme, making 75 per cent. grant available in designated housing action areas. This may be further raised to up to 90 per cent. in cases of special financial hardship. I expect local authorities to exercise these extended powers vigorously and effectively to deal with areas of substandard housing. But I shall not be satisfied until every home in Scotland is of an acceptable standard.