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Building Trade Workers

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 8 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied that the number of building operatives likely to be demobilised from His Majesty's Forces by 1st December and 28th February next, respectively, will be adequate to meet all demands for the repair of existing dwellings and the building of new houses.

No, Sir. Considering the needs, it would be most difficult to satisfy me on this.

asked the Minister of Health how many building operatives had been placed at the disposal of St. Marylebone Borough Council, for the repair of damaged houses, on 1st August, 1st September, 1st October and 1st November, respectively

Available labour returns show the head of labour actually at work on Friday of each week. The figures for the Friday nearest the dates mentioned are 361, 343, 391 and 298 respectively.

asked the Minister of Works the number of operatives employed in the building industry on VE-Day, VJ-Day and 1st November, 1945.

Precise figures for the number of operatives employed in the building industry on VE-Day and VJ-Day are not available, but the estimated number at the beginning of May, 1945, was 374,000, and at the middle of August, 1945, 410,000. A figure forthe beginning of November will not be available for two or three weeks, but I will communicate it to the hon. and gallant Member.