§ Mr. Dumpleton
asked the Minister of Works the total number of building operatives now engaged in the building industry in England and Wales; and the proportion of this number who are engaged in work other than the provision of housing accommodation.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
The number of male operatives aged 16 and over in the building and civil engineering industries in England and Wales at the end of October, 1946, is estimated to have been 850,000. Of these about 39 per cent. were engaged on work providing for additional housing accommodation and a further 28 per cent. on housing repair and maintenance. About 33 per cent. were engaged on building and civil engineering work unconnected with housing