HC Deb 08 March 1948 vol 448 cc115-6W
28. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Works if he is now able to state the result of his representations to the British Transport Commission that no section of the brick industry should have an unfair advantage in the matter of transport rates.

Mr. Key

A meeting has been arranged between the Railway Executive and the Midland Federation of Brick and Tile Manufacturers, with officers of my Ministry in attendance, when exceptional freight rates for bricks will be discussed.

34. Sir F. Sanderson

asked the Minister of Works whether he is aware of the piling up of bricks, owing to lack of demand resulting from the curtailed building programme; and if he will remove the restrictions and permit private enterprise in the building of houses to function, with a view to removing the problem of over production of bricks.

Mr. Key

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. The second part of the Question is for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health, but in considering it account has to be taken of other factors besides the supply of bricks.