HC Deb 15 July 1946 vol 425 cc841-2
7. Major Legge-Bourke

asked the Minister of Supply if he will explain the shortage of joiners' and carpenters' tools.

Mr. Wilmot

The output of hand tools is greater than before the war but the demand for them to make up wartime arrears and to meet the requirements of the building programme has out-stripped this increase in supply. Production is still to some extent limited by shortage of labour but we are doing our best to improve the position.

Major Legge-Bourke

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that woodworkers and carpenters say that the position is worse than a year ago and is likely to have a very serious effect on the building programme in London? What steps is he going to take about it?

Mr. Wilmot

We are doing everything possible to increase the supply. The limiting factor is the shortage of skilled labour.

Mr. Bossom

Could the Minister explain the shortage of hand power tools which are so essential in present day work?

Mr. Wilmot

I think the hon. Gentleman ought to put a Question down.