§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Minister of Health what was the average monthly output of all brickfields in England, Scotland, and Wales in 1913 and 1923, respectively?
§ Mr. WHEATLEY
Detailed statistics are not available on the point mentioned. A Committee appointed by the Ministry of Reconstruction during the War estimated that the average annal output of bricks in the years 1911, 1912 and 1913 was 2,806 millions. This figure is not sub-divided for England, Scotland and Wales. The Committee of Building Materials' Manufacturers obtained a return for the purpose of the Report recently issued, from which it appeared that the present productive capacity for the three Kingdoms is in excess of 4,000 millions a year, and the Committee estimate that 5,000 millions would be a fair figure.