HC Deb 24 February 1953 vol 511 cc203-4W
65. Mr. Gibson

asked the Minister of Works why his Department refused an invitation to discuss the permanent loss of 40 per cent, of their brick-making capacity disclosed by the survey conducted by the Midland Federation of Brick Manufacturers; and whether, in view of the need, wherever possible, to expand brick production, he will order an official inquiry.

Mr. Eccles

As I informed the hon. Member for Dudley (Mr. Wigg) on 10th February, there was no such refusal. I am going to Birmingham on Friday next to attend a meeting of the Area Brick and Tile Committee.

69. Mr. Alport

asked the Minister of Works whether he is aware that delivery of bricks is at present taking anything from five to nine months from order: and what action he proposes in order to speed up deliveries in view of the building delays and added cost which is otherwise entailed.

Mr. Eccles

No. Delivery periods vary, according to place and type of brick, from immediate delivery to four or five months from date of order, but are rarely so long as nine months. Prompt ordering and the greatest use of local bricks are the ways to avoid costly delays.