§ 61. Mr. R. Gibson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the serious shortage of housing for working people in Greenock and elsewhere in Scotland, he will introduce legislation to provide financial assistance to local authorities for the erection of such housing, apart from houses required for slum clearance and the relief of overcrowding?
In view of the present pressure on the building industry in Scotland both in respect of labour and materials, it is essential that local authorities should concentrate on building for the replacement of unfit houses and for putting an end to overcrowding. The removal of families from overcrowded houses will, however, release fit houses which will be available for general housing needs.