asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will make a statement on his policy for the use by local authorities of direct labour for house-building.
If direct labour departments are to operate efficiently in carrying out construction work, they need continuity of work. The present arrangements under which authorities are required to offer one in every three contracts for open competition operates against continuity. This rule will be abolished and more flexible arrangements introduced for keeping a check on prices. A circular on the subject is being sent to local authorities.