HC Deb 20 April 1931 vol 251 c607
72. Mr. WALKER

asked the Minister of Health whether, in the interests of the British steel trade, and in order to reduce the imports of foreign timber, he will take steps to arrange for local authorities to institute a system of bulk tendering for steel window frames and steel door frames of standard size, in connection with housing schemes?


My right hon. Friend doubts whether any such arrangements as my hon. Friend has in mind would be practicable, and he is not clear that any net advantage would be gained by the substitution of steel for wooden window frames and door frames when account is taken of the loss of employment in the woodworking trades in this country as compared with any increase of employment in the steel trade.

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