HC Deb 05 October 1944 vol 403 c1106
23. Mr. Colman

asked the Minister of Labour if he is satisfied that the work allocated to building operatives working on bomb damaged houses is as near as possible to their places of residence in order to ensure that as little time is wasted as possible in starting and finishing work.

Mr. Bevin

It is my duty to endeavour to provide the number of building trade operatives for the repair of the bomb damaged houses in London, but their allocation to the actual employers is made by my noble Friend the Minister of Works and my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health. Having regard to the magnitude and the area of damage in London, it is not always possible to guarantee to allocate men to work near their place of residence, but in so far as it is possible and within the limits of the available accommodation and the need for mobility of labour to deal with this grave situation, I am assured that endeavours will be made to do this.