§ Mr. J. H. Hare
Could the Minister say whether or not he would allow great latitude for the reconditioning of houses for rural workers in the country areas?
§ Mr. Grimston
Referring to the reply of the Minister to the last supplementary question but one, are we to take it that it is the policy to drive the small firms out of business?
§ Mr. Bevan
No. If the hon. Member would acquaint himself with the facts he would realise that we have made special arrangements for small firms to build houses for sale to the local authorities, where they are too small to be able to place tenders in the ordinary way. It is a fact that the building industry is in many respects grossly inefficient because there are too many firms.