Lord Morrison (Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works), replying to a debate on housing in the House of Lords, admitted that there was "not much hope of finding adequate housing accommodation for everybody immediately". Referring to a statement by the Earl of Selkirk deploring the Government's repeal of the Rural Workers (Housing) Act, Lord Morrison said the government were opposed to the principle of tied houses. If, however, both sides could put forward an agreed scheme, the government would give it consideration, he said. Lord Selkirk said the housing situation was more serious in Scotland than in England, and claimed Scotland was betrayed over the repeal of the Act. When the question of high building costs was raised, Lord Quibell said everyone in the building industry was merely a servant and slave of the price fixing rings, either of the government or of other organisations which fixed prices.