§ Mr. Hynd
asked the Minister of Works whether he is aware that the sites for the erection of temporary bungalows in Sheffield have long since been prepared by the corporation; that there is dissatisfaction at the delay of the Ministry in arranging for the necessary foundations to be laid to enable the erection of the bungalows; will he state the cause of this delay; and whether special steps will now be taken to relieve the urgent situation in Sheffield.
§ Mr. Manningham-Buller
I do not accept the suggestion that there has been avoidable delay in the erection of temporary houses in Sheffield. Sites for 900 houses are in the hands of builders and work is proceeding as expeditiously as possible with the labour available. But for the fact that there has been an acute shortage of building labour, quicker progress would have been made.