§ Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Minister of Works the estimated number of men employed on repair and maintenance to existing houses, including conversions, adaptations, extensions, etc., and the number employed in new house building in England and Wales at 31st December, 1954, or the latest available date.
§ Mr. Birch
The provisional figures of men employed by building and civil engineering contractors on housing work in England and Wales in January, 1955, were:
Thousands New Housing 264 Housing Repair and Maintenance 142
In addition, about 80,000 men were directly employed last year by local authorities and public utilities on housing work: of these about 30,000 were on new work.