HC Deb 30 July 1963 vol 682 c47W
59. Sir E. Errington

asked the Minister of Public Buildingand Works how far the programme for building new married quarters at Aldershot is falling behind its target for the present year; and what steps he is taking to accelerate the building of these quarters so as to ensure the fulfilment of this year's programmes.

Mr. Rippon

One contract for 55 houses due for completion in July is running 2½ months late. Another for 298 quarters and a Naafi shop due for completion in September is running 15 months late.

The delay is due to shortage of skilled labour in the district. Steps have been taken to import operatives from as far as London and Portsmouth, but I regret that it will not be possible to make up for the delays which have already occurred.