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Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide funds to housing authorities seeking to remove asbestos from housing structures, both internally and externally; and if he will provide similar funds to the Scottish Special Housing Association, private tenants and owner-occupiers.

Funds allocated to local authorities and the SSHA already take account of any need to deal with asbestos in their housing stocks. I have received no evidence that any special allocation of funds is required to enable authorities to provide grants to owner-occupiers or private tenants in appropriate cases.