§ 28. Mr. McTaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress is being made towards the establishment of Scottish Homes on 1 April 1989.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for East Kilbride (Mr. Ingham) on 9 November at column293.339W
The Scottish Homes Board held its first formal meeting on 5 December when a number of decisions were taken on matters relating to the staffing and organisation of Scottish Homes. A number of appointments to senior posts within Scottish Homes have now been made and other posts have been advertised. An order has been made under section 3(1) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1989 confirming that the responsibilities and obligations of the Scottish Special Housing Association and the Housing Corporation in respect of its Scottish functions will be transferred to Scottish Homes with effect from 1 April 1989. I have determined that all staff of the SSHA and the Housing Corporation in respect of the Scottish functions should receive offers of employment in accordance with the terms of schedule 1 to the 1988 Act by 31 December 1988. The relevant offers of employment were in fact issued by Scottish Homes on 16 December.