HC Deb 30 March 1949 vol 463 cc1223-4
77. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Works how many building workers were employed on 1st March on building work for the Army, Navy and Air Forces.

The Minister of Works (Mr. Key)

It is estimated that at the end of January, 1949, approximately 27,500 building and civil engineering workers were employed on work for the Service Departments.

Mr. Hughes

Will not the Minister consider releasing some of these 27,000 men to build houses needed for workers in the slums and for people in overcrowded conditions?

Mr. Key

A number of these men were employed in building houses needed for members of the Services.