HC Deb 28 February 1945 vol 408 cc1389-90
95. Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Works whether he is aware that a builder whose name has been supplied to him, can obtain no work; and, in view of the need for houses, can he be given immediate contracts.

Mr. Sandys

I have asked the regional representative of the Ministry of Works to get in touch with the builder in question. There is, of course, no shortage of building work to be done in this area. However, whilst the war lasts, there will continue to be a shortage of building trade operatives. In consequence, there is, in most parts of the country, not enough labour to enable all building trade employers to be provided continuously with contracts. When one contract comes to an end, operatives who have been engaged upon it, may at times have to be transferred to another employer who is short of labour for some other priority work.

Miss Ward

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this builder's operatives have been sitting down playing cards, and that the builder has been making representations for a long period without any satisfaction?

Mr. Sandys

I was not in possession of that information.

Mr. Bowles

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in Holborn on Friday three men were putting up yellow flags outside the War Savings Department?

Mr. Sandys

No, Sir.