HC Deb 15 November 1965 vol 720 cc653-4
1. Mr. G. Campbell

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works to what extent there has been a shortage of bricks or other building materials in Scotland in the last six months.

2. Mr. Edward M. Taylor

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether there is now a shortage of building materials in Scotland.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Public Building and Works (Mr, James Boyden)

There has been no shortage of bricks in Scotland during the last six months. Cement supplies have been satisfactory since the beginning of August. Delivery periods for plasterboard, some ironmongery, and large diameter pipes continue to be longer than is customary.

Mr. Campbell

Can the hon. Gentleman give an assessment for plasterboard for the coming six months as regards Scotland?

Mr. Boyden

Plasterboard deliveries have improved. New production is coming into being at the beginning of 1966, and the situation will then improve rapidly.