HC Deb 31 January 1952 vol 495 cc63-4W
Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Works to what extent re-armament is responsible for the delay in the supply of water pipes required for his Department.

Mr. Eccles

My Department places its orders for water pipes well in advance and its programme has, therefore, not been delayed by shortages. Delivery dates in general are, however, unsatisfactory and this has been mainly due to the scarcity of labour.