§ 88. Mr. Willis
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the demands upon existing housing accommodation in Edinburgh made by the staffs of nationalised undertakings and Government Departments he will consider giving additional facilities to the Corporation for the provision of new accommodation.
§ Mr. Woodburn
Everything possible is being done to provide additional accommodation for Government Departments in Edinburgh which will permit the release of private houses at present occupied by them. At the end of last year, however, I authorised the Corporation to start up to 300 additional new houses during 1948 and I shall extend this authority as soon as this seems justified by the progress made with houses now under construction.
§ Mr. Hubbard
91, 92 and 93. asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) the number of houses under construction by the Scottish Special Housing Association in counties and large burghs in Scotland;
(2) the number of houses in the counties and large burghs in Scotland for which contracts have been made by the Scottish Special Housing Association, but where building operations have not yet been started;
(3) if new contracts are to be made by the Scottish Special Housing Association to build houses in the counties and 90W large burghs in Scotland, in 1949 and 1950.
§ Mr. Woodburn
6,383 houses are under construction by the Scottish Special Housing Association, and 558 are contracted for but not begun, in counties and large burghs in Scotland. The Association will be responsible for substantial additional programmes of houses for miners in 1949 and 1950. These houses will be built in areas selected by the National Coal Board and will be sited in counties, large burghs or small burghs as may be most convenient.