HC Deb 29 June 1944 vol 401 c777
21. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a large number of operatives in the building industry gained their experience by working for small builders; and will he for this reason support the principle that smaller builders be given maximum consideration for post-war building work, to help to develop our building trades army at the earliest possible moment.

Mr. Willink

Yes, Sir, and I anticipate that as soon as it is possible to resume house-building there will be ample scope for the small builder.

Mr. Bossom

Will my right hon. and learned Friend make a great effort in this direction, because small builders train the new workers more than the larger films and it would be very valuable if we could get the smaller builders working as soon as possible?

Mr. Willink

I have said repeatedly that I place very great importance on the work of the small builders.

Mr. Austin Hopkinson

Is not the right hon. and learned Gentleman perfectly powerless in these matters, inasmuch as the Ministry of Works and Buildings has absolute control of the material required?

Mr. Willink

No, Sir.

Mr. Buchanan

This is a matter of great urgency and we want to get the best machinery in order that houses shall be built quickly. Is it not the fact that in some cases that can only be done by a large movement of organisation?

Mr. Willink

At the moment we are busy with other matters than house-building.