Maria Fyfe, Labour MP for Maryhill, asked the secretary of state for Scotland how many local authority new dwelling...
Maria Fyfe, Labour MP for Maryhill, asked the secretary of state for Scotland how many local authority new dwellings were completed in 1995. (OA 18 Dec col 936).
The parliamentary under-secretary of state for Scotland, Raymond Robertson replied that there were just under 400.
Responding to his answer, Fyfe then asked: 'Does the minister realise that, in Glasgow alone, the number of homeless applicants on the waiting list is more than 2,000? Is not that just one of the many scandalous aspects of the government's housing policy? Does he agree with [the] leader in The Herald in Glasgow, which describes our housing system as rotten to the core and in urgent need of reform?'
Robertson said: 'I agree that our housing system is in urgent need of reform. That is why I have spent the past year and a half encouraging local authorities, such as the one in her constituency, to remove themselves from being direct providers of housing and to transfer their housing stock to housing associations and housing companies'.