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Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government to what extent the rate of completion of housing schemes has been expedited as a result of the standstill in sanctioning new starting dates for other building work.

But would the hon. Gentleman not agree that the effect on the rate of completions has been almost nil?

It is difficult to isolate the effects of the ban from other effects on the rate of completion. I mean that good weather, the flow of materials, the issue of private enterprise licences, and so on, which may speed up building are all factors that must be taken into account.