44. Mr. asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied that there are adequate supplies of bricks available to meet the requirements of builders in all parts of the country; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Amery
Some local shortages have resulted from continued increases in construction activity, particularly house-building, and reduced output in February due to the interruption of power supplies. I understand that brick producers are urgently increasing their capacity and that, despite temporary local shortages, they can meet the general level of demand. There are stocks of bricks in Scotland which are available for despatch to areas of shortage in England.