Mr. T. THOMSON
asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the paragraph in his circular letter of 12th May to local authorities agreeing to their request that they should retain their power to use building materials purchased in the cheapest market wherever situated, he will now allow them the same latitude with regard to the purchase of cement in connection with roads and other work undertaken under the authority of the Unemployed Grants Committee?
The same considerations do not apply to housing schemes as to schemes for the relief of unemployment.
§ Mr. EMLYN-JONES
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the urgent need of obtaining adequate supplies of bricks for building purposes, he will consider the guaranteeing of small sums of money under the Trades Facilities Act to brickyards, now derelict, situate in districts where housing schemes are in progress or contemplation; and will he arrange for inquiries in such cases to be held locally to save the expense of the applicants coming to London in connection therewith?
§ Mr. SNOWDEN
The giving of a guarantee under the Trade Facilities Act is a matter for the Advisory Committee, to whom it is open to such cases as the hon. Member has in mind to apply. I fear that the course proposed in the second part of the question is quite impracticable.