§ Mr. CHARLES EDWARDS
asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that 50,000 building operatives are out of work, he will do his best to put as many housing schemes as possible into practice?
§ Dr. ADDISON
The hon. Member must be aware that the progress of housing schemes, which I am doing my utmost to expedite, is being severely hampered by a shortage of skilled labour, which is also in a large degree responsible for the unemployment to which he refers. The unemployed men in question are composed almost entirely of workers who could be absorbed if there were more skilled men available.