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Building Labour, Scotland

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1949

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82.

asked the Minister of Labour what inquiries into the question of building labour for housing have been conducted on his behalf in Scotland; and what further steps are to be taken.

84.

asked the Minister of Labour if he has any statement to make on the recent official discussions held in Scotland concerning the labour force engaged in house building.

88.

asked the Minister of Labour if he is satisfied with the present available labour position in the Scottish building industry; and if he will make a statement about plans to increase the labour supply.

This matter has been carefully considered and I am satisfied that the present labour force engaged on house building in Scotland is adequate in size to meet the needs of this year's programme. There is a shortage of plasterers but the introduction of an incentive bonus scheme and new methods of production should help to ease the position. The adequacy of the labour force will be kept under constant review as the programme develops.