§ Mr. Frankel
asked the Minister of Works whether, arising out of the policy of importing houses from the United States, he is aware that with Government approval a number of aircraft firms cooperated in providing a superior timber house from the materials imported from America; and whether, in view of the fact that there is factory space and plant available for the immediate construction of such houses and that many of those employed in the aircraft factories are becoming redundant, he will consider the desirability of importing the materials only and thus providing employment at home.
§ Mr. Hicks
The only proposal of which I am aware is for a plywood house put forward by a firm engaged in the aircraft industry with a view to making use of certain material now becoming surplus to aircraft requirements. Investigations are in progress of capacity for production and availability of materials, but 1641W my hon. Friend will understand that considerable difficulties are involved under both heads while war contracts are still in process of fulfilment.