HC Deb 06 November 1950 vol 480 cc577-8
23. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Works how many building trade and civil engineering workers are now employed on work for the Armed Forces in Scotland and in England and Wales respectively.

Mr. Stokes

The latest available figures are for the end of August. It is estimated that the number of building and civil engineering workers employed on work for the Service Departments was then 29,780 in England and Wales and 2,620 in Scotland.

Mr. Hughes

In view of the enthusiasm for the building of houses, can the Minister do his best to transfer some of these workers to municipal housing?

Mr. Stokes

In point of fact, of the numbers quoted, 6,120 in England and some 420 in Scotland are now engaged on building new permanent houses.