§ Mr. PIELOU
asked the Minister of Transport whether satisfactory progress is being made on the new road between Birmingham and Wolverhampton; and what is the percentage of local men employed on the scheme?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
Regard being had to the difficulties encountered, I consider the rate of progress satisfactory. Work is actively proceeding along nearly two-thirds of the length of the road. The total number of men engaged is about 470, of whom 400 have been engaged through the local Employment Exchanges. The remaining 70 are engaged 1151W upon skilled work, although many of them were originally also engaged through the local Employment Exchanges.