Craftsman-made Bricks and Tiles

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1963.

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Photo of Mr Robert Elliott Mr Robert Elliott , Newcastle upon Tyne North 12:00 am, 16th July 1963

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he is satisfied with the supply of craftsman made bricks and tiles; and what steps he is taking to ensure the survival of a sufficient number of small brickyards.

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

Yes, Sir. I am not aware of any difficulties in the supply of craftsman-made bricks or tiles.

Photo of Mr Robert Elliott Mr Robert Elliott , Newcastle upon Tyne North

Is my hon. Friend aware that the growth of the huge brick combines has resulted in the closing of many local brickyards? Has not this monopolistic tendency resulted, first, in a shortage of common bricks and, second, in the extinction of the possibility in many of the brickyards which still exist of making these special bricks?

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

No, Sir; we have not received any complaints in recent months of a shortage of this kind of brick. If my hon. Friend will let me know of any particular case he has in mind, I shall look into it.