§ Mr. S. Shephard
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the number of brickyards and brickfields still under requisition; and their prewar output.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
I have been asked to reply. 225 brickworks are still held under requisition by Government Departments, or under private treaty, and their prewar production was approximately 169 million bricks a month. 31 of these brickworks are small units which have been closed throughout the war, the200W existence of which has only recently come to my knowledge. Of the total of 225, 69 are already cleared of storage, or clearance is in process; in 32 of these cases the remaining storage is not interfering with brick production.