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Housing Standards

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the type, age and tenure of the dwellings in Scotland below the tolerable standard, and an estimate of the number of dwellings in Scotland below the tolerable standard that are (a) vacant (b) suitable for improvement and (c) suitable for demolition.

The information available is shown in the table below. It is extracted from returns submitted by local authorities and relates to the situation at March 1979.

Housing below the tolerable standard at March 1979
Number of Dwellings below the tolerable standard
Total Number120,315
Dwelling type
Not known21,630
Age of dwelling
Before 191983,026
1946 or later225
Not known33,092
a. Public sector
Local authority3,185
New town26
Housing association890
Other public sector701
b. Private sector
Owner occupied33,031
Private rented25,573
Not known56,872
It is estimated that some 92,000 are suitable for improvement and some 10,000 appropriate for demolition but information under these heads is not complete. Nor is information available on the number of dwellings which are vacant.