§ Mr. H. Macmillan
As I indicated in the debate on the blitzed cities last March, I am constantly watching the progress of reconstruction. I hope that the year 1953 will show as great if not a greater rate of progress over 1952 as that year did over 1951.
§ Mr. Macmillan
It is not a question of changing our mind. We did in 1952 more than £1¼ million worth of work more than my predecesor in 1951. We feel fairly satisfied, if that or a greater rate of in- 1864 crease is maintained in 1953. We shall continue to fit into the programme new projects according to the state of labour and materials which seems to justify us doing so in each particular locality. The Minister of Works—who helps me in this —and I have been not altogether unsuccessful to judge by the fall in building labour unemployment to almost negligible figures in Plymouth in the last few months.
§ Mr. Foot
Since the right hon. Gentleman has been good enough to answer several questions I did not put on the Order Paper, would he say when he will be able to review the allocations for building in the Plymouth City Centre to bring it up to the total of those engaged in rebuilding the city to the level at which it stood when the Labour Government were in power?
§ Mr. Macmillan
I suspect the hon. Member of trying to use this period of question and answer for some political advantage. [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer."] I think hon. Members opposite will be as satisfied in what I have done over the blitzed cities as they are over what we have done in the housing campaign.