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Hostel Accommodation

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many grants have been made under section 79 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 to local authorities in Scotland, and to voluntary organisations, giving details as to authorities and organisations; and how many applications have been received by the Scottish Office for grants under section 79 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 (a) from local authorities and (b) from voluntary organisations.

No grants under this section have yet been made to local authorities for the provision of hostels for persons under supervision. Approval in principle has been given to a possible project in Lothian region, but suitable premises have not yet been identified. Inquiries have been received from other authorities about possible schemes in their areas, at least two in association with voluntary organisations; I hope that these will lead to the submission of detailed applications in due course, but so far no formal applications for grant have been made. Grant is not payable directly to voluntary bodies under section 79, but they may be aided by grants under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the average rent for (a) local authority houses in Scotland and (b) Scottish Special Housing Association houses in each of the last three years.

The information requested for 1978, 1979 and 1980 is published in Scottish Housing Statistics Nos. 5, 8 and 12. These publications are available in the Library.