§ 1 and 5. Mr. William Shepherd
asked the Minister of Works (1) what is his estimate of the percentage of output of building trades operatives as compared with 1938;
(2) the average number of bricks laid at the present time and the average number laid in prewar years.
§ The Minister of Works (Mr. Key)
I regret that no reliable figures are available on which a comparison could be made.
§ Mr. Shepherd
Surely, the Minister is aware of the prewar formula of one house per person per year. How does that compare with the results so far achieved?
§ Mr. Marples
How can the Minister reconcile his statement with that made by the men's leaders when the wage increase was granted in January, 1946, pledging themselves to increase output to what it was prewar?
§ Mr. Derek Walker-Smith
Will not the Minister agree that, on such figures as there are, the output at present is far lower than it was in 1938; and will he not further agree that this is primarily due to the Government's policy having got the building industry and the building materials industry out of date?