§ 8. Captain Ramsay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that difficulty is being experienced by brickworks in some parts of Scotland in disposing of supplies, resulting in loss of time; and whether he will consult with the Service Departments with a view to placing orders for bricks required for works in Scotland with Scottish firms, with particular reference to the Scottish Special Area?
§ Mr. Colville
I understand that some brick makers have accumulated reserves of bricks, but the stocks generally do not appear to be unduly high. Having regard to building operations in progress and in contemplation, and to the number of skilled operatives now available, there seems to be no reason to doubt that a demand for bricks at least equal to the present output will be maintained for some time. I am, however, in communication with the Departments in regard to the suggestion made in the second part of the question.