HC Deb 25 March 1952 vol 498 c42W
107. Mr. Sparks

asked the Minister of Works when the standstill in sanctioning new starting dates for building work, other than housing, terminated; and at what rate and priority new starting dates are being sanctioned.

Mr. Eccles

The standstill ended on the 29th February, 1952. New starting dates since that date are being awarded according to the local availability of building labour. Appropriate priority is given to buildings required for defence and for the export trade.

110. Mr. H. Johnson

asked the Minister of Works whether, in order to alleviate unemployment amongst non-mobile building operatives in South Coast towns, and to permit builders to plan ahead and operate with economy and efficiency, he will remove forthwith in such South Coast towns the standstill order on building licences.

Mr. Eccles

The temporary deferment of the starting of new building work ceased on 29th February and immediate starting dates are now given for approved schemes wherever the supply of labour permits.