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Housing

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many dwellings in (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector in (i) Scotland and (ii) Edinburgh, respectively, were classified as unfit at the latest available date.

The classification "unfit" is not used in Scotland. The nearest equivalent classification is of houses below the tolerable standard as defined in section 14 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1974.

The table shows the BTS figures as supplied to the Department by district councils in their annual returns for 31 March 1986.

Number of BTS houses at 31 March 1986

(i) Scotland

(ii) Edinburgh

(a) Private sector

39,0016,041

(b) Public sector

2,234

(c) Not stated1

15,250

(d) Total

56,4856,041

1 It may be assumed that most of these cases lie in the private sector.