Damaged Property (Repairs, Birmingham).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons am ar 30 Ionawr 1941.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the extent to which he has been able to meet the request made by the Birmingham City Council for additional labour for the repair of damaged house property and the restoration of public utility services?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Substantial assistance has been given by my Department to the Birmingham City Council in the provision of the necessary labour. This has been effected partly by means of skilled workers released from the Army or loaned by surrounding local authorities, partly by withdrawing men temporarily from work on contracts in the neighbourhood, and partly by the supply of workers who were previously unemployed. I am not in a position to give figures.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the grave situation in Birmingham in relation to the reparation of houses which have been destroyed, and will he do all he possibly can to provide labour for the restoration of houses?

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to look into this matter at once? There are hundreds if not thousands of houses which require a little repair.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I can assure by hon. Friend that very few people have been called up from the building industry. As a matter of fact, the number of people who have been added to the building industry for this purpose runs into many thousands, and steps have been taken, in conjunction with the Minister of Works and Buildings, in order to put them into mobile squads to move about the country where the "blitz" takes place.