§ 10 and 11 Mr. Skeffington-Lodge
asked the Minister of Works (1) how long he expects it will be before the full production of bricks in Bedfordshire will be restored; and what steps are being taken to clear and make use of the accumulated stocks in this part of the country for housing;
(2) what are the reasons for the closure of Elstow Brickworks, Bedfordshire, and for the reduction in the night shift at the Stewartby works, having regard to Me housing needs of the country.
§ Sir W. Smithers
Is not this surplus of bricks due to the political venom of the Minister of Health?
§ Mr. Oliver Stanley
Is it not a fact that only a few months ago the Minister was pressing brickworks which had been closed during the war to reopen? Is it not the 2549 case now that many brickworks which were reopened at great expense will have to be closed?
§ Mr. Skeffington-Lodge
Does the situation which is set out in my Questions virtually mean that the supply of bricks has outrun the supply of timber in this country, and if so how soon will the balance be redressed?