HC Deb 16 February 1948 vol 447 cc803-4
1. Mr. Edelman

asked the Minister of Works whether he will now issue a licence to the Coundon Social Club, Coventry, for the erection of the huts sold to it by his Department last year.

The Minister of Works (Mr. Key)

I am sorry that it is not possible to license this work at the present time.

Mr. Edelman

Does my right hon. Friend consider it fair, first of all, for his Department to sell these huts to this club, and then to deny them the opportunity of erecting them?

Mr. Key

Before the sale of the huts was completed, the purchasers were warned of the necessity for obtaining a building licence for their erection.

Mr. John E. Haire

Is there any reason why voluntary labour should not be employed in the erection of these huts?

Mr. Key

If it is entirely voluntary labour that is required, the job can be done; but generally I find that it is not merely a matter of erection but further adaptations to the huts afterwards, necessitating materials and labour which at present are not available.