asked the Minister of Works what steps he is taking to ensure that building projects in Berwickshire will, in future, not be held up by a shortage of cement.
The shortage appears to have been aggravated by difficulties of distribution, which I have brought to the notice of the manufacturers. I understand that they have decided that they will in future despatch cement direct to Berwick.
asked the Minister of Works whether he is aware of the acute shortage of cement in South Shropshire; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy the situation.
I have not heard of any cases in this area where necessary work is actually held up for lack of cement, but I am aware that supplies are not sufficient to meet all demands. I have discussed with the cement industry various measures for increasing overall supplies, and considerable improvement has already been achieved.