HC Deb 08 December 1943 vol 395 c964
43. Mr. Linstead

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works what further scheme of concentration for the building industry is in contemplation beyond the voluntary grouping scheme for the repair of bomb-damaged houses?

Mr. Hicks

No scheme for the concentration of the building industry is either in operation or under consideration.

Mr. Linstead

Is my hon. Friend aware that his answer will go a long way to relieve considerable anxiety on this score among small builders all over the country?

65. Sir Percy Hurd

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works whether he can state the general result of the mission to the United States of the hon. Member for Maidstone (Mr. Bossom) and other constructional experts; and what use will be made of their conclusions in view of our post-war building programmes?

Mr. Hicks

The four members of the mission are now busy writing their report and it is my Noble Friend's intention that it shall be published as soon as possible. It will cover a variety of matters, including organisation, technique, methods and new materials, which will be helpful in the preparation of standards and design for post-war building.

Mr. A. Edwards

Is it proposed to allow time for the discussion of this Report, or will it be like the Report of the Expenditure Committee, who have issued more than 100 Reports while we have had only one day during the war for their discussion?