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Building Materials (Stocks)

Volume 987: debated on Friday 27 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his estimate of the number of weeks' stock of (a) building bricks, (b) roofing tiles, (c) timber for house construction and (d) other building materials, at the latest available date; and what were the figures for the corresponding times last year.

Following is the latest available information:any such information having been improperly transmitted.

Standing instructions in my Department provide that when a telephone inquiry is received from a caller seeking privileged information who cannot be satisfactorily identified, the caller is asked to give a telephone number to which a return call can be made. That number is then checked before any information is disclosed. Staff are reminded annually of these instructions. I have no plans to revise the guidelines.