§ Mr. F. ROBERTS
asked the Minister of Labour whether it is a fact that on housing schemes in the city of Birmingham there was recently a shortage of 63 painters and that unemployed painters were refused work when applying for the vacancies?
§ Dr. ADDISON
I understand that painting work on housing schemes at Birmingham is being held up owing to the acute shortage of men in the attendant trades. Owing to this shortage it has not been possible to employ more painters, but if it is overcome, and attempts are being made to overcome it, work will be available for 60 additional painters.