asked the Minister of Labour how many men at present employed by builders in Gloucestershire on work of national importance does he propose to transfer from their existing employers to McAlpines, Wimpeys, Higgs and Hill, Costains, Gee Walker Slater, Taylor Woodrowe and Company, and other similar firms?
I regret that I am unable to give the detailed information asked for, but plans have been made to transfer labour from works of less importance to those which for reasons of strategy are of first urgency. The numbers of those to be transferred and the places to which they will be sent will depend on the incidence of the vacancies. Men who would otherwise be called up for military service will be used in present circumstances wherever the most urgent works require labour.
asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to a shortage of bricklayers, joiners and plumbers on the housing scheme at Dumbarton and to the shortage of joiners and builders' labourers on the housing scheme at Clydebank; and what steps he can take to meet the shortage?