HC Deb 16 February 1948 vol 447 cc809-10
15. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Works how much building material has been issued under licence to Intrade Limited, of Warley Lodge, near Brentwood, Essex; to what extent has this company been given priority for obtaining building materials; and for what purposes.

Mr. Key

Since 1st January, 1947, the release of 179 tons of steel, 3.1 standards of softwood and 200 sq. ft. of plywood has been authorised for licenced work at the various premises of this firm. In addition, priority has been awarded for the supply of bricks, electrical components, rainwater goods and sanitary fittings for work at the depot at Barking. These materials were needed to rehabilitate premises damaged by enemy action and to provide adequate accommodation for staff engaged on urgent work.

Sir W. Smithers

Will the Minister say why it is necessary for himself and his ministerial colleagues to make frequent visits to Warley Lodge, and are these visits in the public interest?

Mr. Key

The visits of myself to my friends and acquaintances are my own personal matter, and I am not answerable to this House for them.