During the 12 months ended 30th September, 1934, the number of bricks of brick earth or clay imported into the United Kingdom and consigned from Belgium was 283,868,000. During the preceding 12 months the number was 165,892,000.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that brick imports from foreign countries have increased from 57,000,000 in 1922 and 159,000,000 in 1933 to the enormous total of 231,000,000 in the first nine months of this year? This is a most unsatisfactory state of affairs since these bricks could have been made at home to provide work for our own people.