HC Deb 23 June 1953 vol 516 cc1676-7
41. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Works what success has attended his efforts to secure the uses of granite, where suitable, for reconstruction work in London.

Sir D. Eccles

The Consultative Committee for the Stone Industry have urged the greater use of natural stone and within the limits of building resources my Department has licensed work which specifies this material. The question of the particular type of stone must be left to the designer.

Mr. Hayman

If a request is made to the Minister for a licence for the use of granite, will he accede to it, because of the severe depression in the granite industry?

Sir D. Eccles

I shall have to look at each request on its merits, but my information is that all stonemasons in this country, except one per cent., are employed.