§ 13. Mr. Shinwell
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what information is in the possession of his Department on the shortage of building material including copper tubing and plumbing material; and what is the effect on the employment of building workers and the hold-up of housing development.
§ Mr. Rippon
My Ministry has investigated a number of reports of shortages and I am discussing the situation with the producers where necessary. There are2W difficulties over bricks and there have been some cases of housing projects being delayed. Delivery dates for some other materials are lengthening but so far I have no evidence of serious delays in building work.