HC Deb 06 May 1952 vol 500 cc19-20W
88. Mr. Porter

asked the Minister of Works the number of building trade workers who have received notice to terminate their employment at the Liverpool Department of the Ministry of Works; and the reason for such notice.

91. Mr. Logan

asked the Minister of Works what was the respective costs of work done by his department at 60–62, Soho Street, Liverpool, and work done by contract, which decided him to dispense with nine men engaged at Soho Street.

Mr. Eccles

Twelve building trade workers have received notice of discharge from the Department's building maintenance depot in Liverpool. The reduction in staff is largely the result of a reduction in the total amount of maintenance work in Liverpool. In the year 1951–52 the cost of building maintenance carried out by my Department was £83,200 of which £61,400 was by direct labour. General experience shows that for work other than day to day maintenance it is more economical to do work by contract where suitable contractors are available and this policy is being applied in Liverpool.