HC Deb 03 July 1951 vol 489 cc2138-9
41. Mr. Edelman

asked the Minister of Works what the effect of changes in the investment programme will be on Coventry's reconstruction schemes; and what action he will take to ensure that the expansion of Coventry's defence industries will not be detrimental to essential building for civilian needs.

Mr. G. Brown

The changes announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 21st June should not in themselves have any substantial effect upon the reconstruction programme at Coventry, but its rate of progress is generally affected by the large amount of work of all kinds already in hand.

Mr. Edelman

Will not my right hon. Friend agree that industrial areas like Coventry which have a particular responsibility for the defence programme should not thereby be penalised in their ordinary building programme?

Mr. Brown

Yes, certainly, but I make the point that there is an enormous amount of building work programmed in Coventry.