§ Mr. Marshall
asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that, owing to the suspension of house-building programmes large stores of bricks are being accumulated, and that unless they can be used many employés in the brick-making industry will become unemployed; and whether it is his intention, in view of the shortage of timber supplies, to see that this building material is used in the national interest, thereby ensuring the continuance of a home industry?
§ Mr. Burgin
I understand that stocks of bricks are accumulating owing to the reduction in building activity arising partly from the shortage of timber supplies. I am informed, however, that steps are being taken by the Departments primarily responsible for building programmes to ensure the use of bricks and other alternative materials in place of timber wherever possible.