To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give a list of organisations whom he intends to consult on the Government's White Paper on Scottish housing; and whether he intends to attend joint public meetings with critics of the Government's proposals.
The White Paper, "Housing, the Government's Proposals for Scotland", is a statement of our intent in regard to future housing policy. We have issued and will continue to issue consultation papers on particular aspects of that policy to a variety of interested bodies. The bodies consulted vary according to the subjects of the individual consultation papers. My right hon. and learned Friend and I will speak publicly about the proposals on a variety of appropriate occasions, including the debates which will take place in the House on the Housing (Scotland) Bill.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has so far received regarding his consultation paper on Scottish Homes; and if he will make a statement.
We received 247 responses to the consultation paper, "Scottish Homes—A New Agency for Housing in Scotland". In addition, a number of letters referring wholly or partly to Scottish Homes were received, but these have not generally offered any comment on the substance of the proposals contained in the consultation document.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received on the White Paper on housing in Scotland (Cm 242).
We continue to receive a number of letters from individuals and organisations referring wholly or partly to the Government's housing proposals. The comments made on the White Paper cannot be identified separately from those made on the consultation papers issued about various of the proposals contained in the White Paper or those which are based on reports of the Government's proposals, rather than the proposals themselves.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many local authorities, housing associations and federations and charities have so far made representations on his consultation paper on housing, "Housing: The Government's Proposals for Scotland".
Comments have been received from 42 local authorities, 59 registered housing associations, (some of which have charitable status) and 72 voluntary groups and representative organisations.