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Volume 499: debated on Tuesday 22 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether in view of the additional demands placed upon Coventry for the housing of workers engaged in defence and export work, he will take steps to provide materials and labour for additional accommodation outside the normal housing programme.

I am aware of the special difficulties in Coventry and am doing all I can to help the city council to overcome them. Building labour cannot, however, be directed there.

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if it is not Government policy that in an area which is scheduled for work of this nature the Government are prepared to allocate to the local authority houses additional to the normal programme and that if this involves giving the work to a contractor bringing in labour from outside the area, the Government are prepared to help financially in respect of that labour?