Brick Production

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st November 1965.

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Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 12:00 am, 1st November 1965

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works why he asked the brick companies to increase 1965 brick production by 8 per cent. over that of 1964.

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

Because brick stocks were almost non-existent when my right hon. Friend assumed office.

Photo of Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that his right hon. Friend wrote to me saying that when they fixed the brick target the Government could not have foreseen the economic crisis? If the Government could not have foreseen the economic crisis, why did they make such a row about the Tory inheritance, and will they now eat their words?

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

No, Sir. This year brick production will meet the anticipated demand and stocks will again reach the normal level.