Building Materials, South-West Area

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Mr Victor Collins Mr Victor Collins , Taunton 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that shortage of some components is causing long delays in erection of M.A.F. buildings in the South-West; and if he will take steps to effect an improvement.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

I am aware that delays of this kind have occurred in the South-West, largely owing to the shortage of concrete components. Special arrangements for supplying these have recently been made. The main distributors are now able to supply all steel components from stock, and casting of concrete components has begun.

Photo of Mr Victor Collins Mr Victor Collins , Taunton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is also a shortage of steel components, and, apparently, a lack of co-ordination in the manufacture of both steel and concrete columns, and can he go into that point with a view to speeding up these prefabricated buildings?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

If any particular case is brought to my notice, I will gladly have it investigated.

Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there have been continual complaints about the shortage of steel and other materials in the South-West, and will he use his offices in the future rather more strongly than in the past?

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

This Question has no particular relation to the shortage of steel.