§ Sir R. Glyn
asked the Minister of Works if he has consulted the building trades unions with regard to the employment of mobile cranes since the employment of cranes will increase the speed and reduce the number of unskilled labourers required for the normal types of houses; and how many mobile cranes are on order for the Ministry to be so employed.
§ Mr. Sandys
The question of increased use of mechanical plant on house building is being closely studied. There appears to be most scope for mobile cranes in the non-traditional methods of house construction. There will be full discussions with all sections of the industry. Unfortunately, most of the mobile cranes of suitable size at present being manufactured are required for military purposes.