HC Deb 22 March 1948 vol 448 cc2546-7
5. Mr. Hoy

asked the Minister of Works if he is aware of the shortage of cement supplies in Scotland; and if he will take action to ensure an adequate and continuous supply.

Mr. Key

There was a temporary dislocation in the supply of cement to Scotland early this month, due to interference by fog with shipping. The present rate of shipment will ensure that Scotland receives a fair share of the supplies of cement available for the home market.

Mr. Hoy

Can the Minister give an assurance that he will maintain a continuous and adequate supply in view of the fact that 200 men were put out of employment a fortnight ago because of the shortage there?

Mr. Key

The Minister would like to do so, but he is not in charge of fog and other things which hinder transport.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Is the Minister aware that a shortage of plasterboard is causing a hold-up of housing all over the West of Scotland, and will he help in this respect?

Mr. Key

That is quite another question.