HC Deb 10 February 1944 vol 396 cc1881-2
44. Dr. Little

asked the Minister of Production whether, as concrete houses are unsuitable for the climate of Northern Ireland, he will arrange that essential materials for the erection of houses in Northern Ireland, of the required type, will be made available at the earliest moment.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Production (Mr. Garro Jones)

While I cannot agree with my hon. Friend as to the unsuitability of concrete houses for Northern Ireland, can assure him that my right hon. Friend is always prepared to consider representations that special materials are indispensable for particular regions or types of buildings.

Dr. Little

Does my hon. Friend recognise that in Northern Ireland there is a large supply of bricks available, and that more will be produced as required? What is required is the grant of essential materials such as timber, slate, and such like, to enable us to use these bricks in the erection of houses, and we hope that these will be made available.

Mr. MacLaren

Why not demand Home Rule?