User talk:Brian McNeil/Thatcher's "right-to-buy"; the Scottish housing market 30 years after
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As specified right-now in the intro, the 10,000 figure comes from a Council employee who I spoke to on this issue. The information was given effectively unprompted and came as a shock to me.
I'm preparing FOIA requests to each of the 32 councils, and casting about to find the data on the situation 30 years ago. There have been two large restructurings of the councils in Scotland in those 30 years. The 30-year-old records may have stayed with one council when a large area was split into two, or been sent to Edinburgh to be placed in the National Archives.
There isn't enormous time pressure on this; The actual legislation passed into law in October 1980. This is fortunate because there is a lot to pull in and build a comprehensive picture.
Those on scoop will have seen a few of the emails I've been sending out on this. If I do have to spend time in the National Archives (which I strongly suspect I will) I want to be well-prepared with details of the information I'm looking for. Most of it will be on paper. --Brian McNeil / talk 13:36, 28 January 2010 (UTC)
- Emailed 'fishing' enquiry; note specialisation in this area from publication list.