§ Mr. Manning
asked the Minister of Works whether the labour force concentrated in London for the repair of war damaged houses, or a substantial part of it, can be retained for the purposes of the building of temporary and permanent houses.
§ Mr. Hicks
There will still remain a very large programme of further war damage repairs to be carried out after the present winter minimum programme is completed, and it is clear that this must take up a large portion of all labour available in London. Subject to that, it is certainly the intention to devote all the labour possible to temporary and permanent housing. But I must remind the hon. Member that a considerable force of provincial men are now in London, and the provinces also have their own serious housing problems.