HC Deb 04 July 1944 vol 401 cc995-6
40. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Health to what extent it is his intention to use the group scheme for the preparation of 'housing sites, announced in Circular 14/44, to keep in being large organisations of building contractors so that they may be employed, if necessary, to do large constructional work outside Great Britain.

Captain McEwen

The decision to use the grouping scheme for the advance preparation of housing sites was taken because the Government believe that in present circumstances this is the most economical and efficient method of doing this work. It was quite unconnected with any other intentions or possibilities.

Mr. Bossom

Do I understand from my hon. and gallant Friend's reply that this group system is to be used entirely in Great Britain?

Captain McEwen

I am afraid I do not know. I am not an expert.

Sir H. Williams

To what extent were the people excluded by the group system consulted; or was advice taken only from the big six?

Mr. Kirkwood

Regarding housing sites, will the hon. and gallant Gentleman refer to the Minister of Health the fact that the only way to get round the housing sites difficulty, is to nationalise the land?