HC Deb 14 July 1965 vol 716 cc77-8W
58. Mr. Monro

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what steps he has taken over recent months to ease the shortage of cement which is hindering the building and construction industries in Scotland.

Mr. C. Pannell

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to a number of similar Questions about various parts of Great Britain on 5th July, 1965.

The situation in Scotland is similar to that in many other parts of the country.

Sir J. Gilmour

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what representations he has received from local authorities in Scotland about difficulties they are experiencing in the completion of the building contracts due to shortage of cement; and what replies he has sent.

Mr. C. Pannell

I have received a number of complaints about supplies of cement, including one from the Fife County Council. I have explained the position on the shortage and the action being taken to overcome it. I have also arranged that the suppliers should be made aware of the details of all complaints received by the Government.