HC Deb 21 June 1927 vol 207 cc1674-5
66. Mr. VIANT

asked the Minister of Health the number of bricks manufactured in this country for each year since 1919; the number imported for the same years; the amount of rough timber for house building; and the amount of cement manufactured and imported for the same period?


My right hon. Friend regrets that the whole of the information desired by the hon. Member is not available, but he will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving the information which is in his possession.

Following is the statement:

Statistics of the annual production of bricks are not available, but it is estimated that 5,424 millions were manufactured in Great Britain during 1925. The numbers imported into Great Britain and Northern Ireland were as follows:—

Bricks of Brick Earth or Clay.
Year. Quantity (1,000).
1920 37
1921 3,920
1922 535
1923 7,372
1924 85,042
1925 158,900
1926 228,692

Statistics of the amount of rough timber used or imported for house building are not available.

The following table shows the approximate amounts of cement manufactured and imported:—

Quantity (Tons).
Year. Manufactured in Great and Britain and Northern Ireland. Imported into Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
1919 No information. 1,556
1920 38,438
1921 105,711
1922 133,106
1923 146,906
1924 3,150,000 160,536
1925 3,600,000 217,452
1926 3,800,000 330,584