HC Deb 14 February 1957 vol 564 cc1419-20
11. Mr. J. Paton

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the credit restrictions have caused the postponement of so many building projects in Norwich and Norfolk that there is now heavy and increasing unemployment among building trades workers in the area; and if he will now take appropriate steps to relax these restrictions at least for local authority projects such as public improvements and building and slum clearance.

Mr. Birch

Although unemployment in Norwich has increased during the past year, my right hon. Friend cannot agree that it would yet be right to encourage unrestricted building.

Mr. Paton

Is the Economic Secretary aware that special circumstances exist in this area? There is no alternative employment in Norwich or Norfolk. Does he not agree that the hardships being suffered by these people are direct results of the Government's financial policy? Does he not think, therefore, that there is a duty upon the Government to do something to relieve those hardships?

Mr. Birch

I think the hon. Member has a Question to the Minister of Labour and National Service, whose business it is much more than mine.

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