§ 37. Sir A. HOLBROOK
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that men employed in the building trade on housing schemes in the neighbourhood of Andover are being attracted from their employment by offers of work at more remunerative rates in connection with the rehabilitation of the aerodrome at Weyhill; if the latter work can be postponed until the housing difficulty has been overcome; will he give instructions that ex-service men only shall be engaged on the work so that housing can proceed simultaneously; and if he will ascertain from the Disposal Board the loss incurred by the delay in disposing of the materials of the Weyhill Aerodrome camp, the greater portion of which has been rendered valueless owing to exposure for two years since demobilisation.
§ The PRIME MINISTER
With regard to the first part of the question, I am informed that only the approved trade union building rates obtain at the 2008 Andover Aerodrome, and any known instance of the infringement of this practice should therefore be brought to notice. With regard to the second part, the work is necessary for the housing accommodation of Royal Air Force personnel, which would invalidate the suggested reason for postponement. And as to the last part of the question. I understand that the total amount of material declared surplus at present consists of one hut.