§ 3. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many old people in Scotland, and of what ages, 1004 will be secured in their homes by his proposed amendment to the law affecting landlord and tenant; and for what periods he estimates they will be so secured.
§ The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. J. Nixon Browne)
My right hon. Friend has no means of making an estimate of this kind. Under the Landlord and Tenant (Temporary Provisions) Bill, it is for the sheriff to decide the period for which an order for possession may be suspended. The maximum periods are nine months on a first application and six months at any one time on subsequent applications.
§ Mr. Hughes
Does the hon. Gentleman realise that he is not giving sufficient attention to what is a very urgent social problem? These old people need full and careful attention. Will his Department give attention to this matter to see that these people are properly provided for?