§ Mr. Boyden
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works, in view of the long-standing unemployment in the construction industry in the North-East, why Her Majesty's Government plan to expand this industry's capacity before existing capacity has been fully employed.
§ Mr. Rippon
The total load on the construction industries is expected to be heavy this year and to continue to increase. This necessitates a continuing increase in capacity to meet future demands. Special steps have already been taken, and publicly announced, to utilise the spare capacity immediately available in the North-East.