HC Deb 20 December 1945 vol 417 cc1640-1W
Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the present world glut of copper, he willtake the opportunity to ensure that a large proportion of the houses to be built in this country during the next few years are fitted with copper water pipes, with a view to avoiding the present prevalence of burst pipes in frosty weather.

Mr. Bevan

The use of copper water pipes in houses is consistent with the recommendations made in the Housing Manual issued in 1944 and with the report on Plumbing published by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Works. There are advantages in the use of copper for water pipes and fittings particularly where soft or moorland waters are concerned. I understand that the copper supply position is not unfavourable at the present time, and I am advising housing authorities accordingly.

Colonel Wheatley

asked the Minister of Works why a soldier who, prior to the war, was a builder and decorator for many years employing at least 20 men, on applying for release to carry on his business, was informed that he could only be released if he agreed to accept employment as a bricklayer.

Mr. Wilson

If the hon. and gallant Member will let me have particulars of the case he has in mind, I will have inquiries made and will write to him.