§ 71. Mr. Keeling
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works whether he is aware that a few days ago six workmen were chipping off the faces of shops in Evesham in preparation for covering them with stucco; and whether he can give an assurance that all men in the provincial building trade doing other than urgent work are being given the opportunity of coming to London to repair war damage.
§ Mr. Hicks
The work referred to consisted of cement rendering the brickwork of two shops in Evesham, which had become defective through damp, at a cost of £70 and £5 respectively. One plasterer, one handyman and three labourers were employed, all of whom were either medically unfit or over the age for direction by the Ministry of Labour to work outside their home areas. The firm concerned brought 31 men to work on first-aid repairs in London.