asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works whether, before drawing up the new scheme for the repair of C (b) houses, to which small builders and contractors on Merseyside have been asked to assent, he consulted any representatives of the small firms affected?
Yes, Sir. The scheme has been discussed with representatives of the National Federation of Building Trades Employers, which has since recommended its members to co-operate fully with a view to its successful operation, and also with employers in the Works and Buildings Emergency Organisation set up under the Ministry of Works. Representations have recently been made by an Association of builders and contractors from the Merseyside area, which asked to be allowed to submit suggestions in regard to the detailed application of the scheme in that area. The representatives of the Association referred to intimated in the course of discussions that they accepted the scheme in principle but any suggestions which may be received from the Association will, of course, receive careful consideration.
Will the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the interest of these small men will be considered with a view to the restoration of their businesses after the war?
That is one of the points to which we give constant care and attention.