§ Major WILLIAM MURRAY
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether the use of stone by local authorities in Scotland for housing for the working classes has been impeded because unnecessary quantities of dressed stone have been specified for in connection with these schemes; and, if so, whether he will give some guidance to local authorities in regard to the simplification of stone building, seeing that the carriage of bricks from a distance and the scarcity of bricklayers in Scotland operate as causes of delay in eases where the local authority can obtain stone near at hand?
§ Mr. MORISON
I am not aware that the use of stone as a building material has been impeded by specifications such as my hon. Friend suggests. In all eases where stone construction is proposed by local authorities the Scottish Board of Health require that the use of dressed stone should be eliminated or reduced to a minimum.