§ Mr. HARMSWORTH
asked the Minister of Health whether, in all cases in which bricks or steel are to be used for the erection of houses under the Housing Acts, he will require as a condition of the granting of subsidies for such houses that only British bricks and British steel shall be used, having regard to the amount of unemployment existing in these two industries?
§ Sir K. WOOD
Section 10 of the Housing Act, 1924, provides that, in approving proposals for the construction of houses, the Minister of Health shall not impose any conditions which would prevent the materials required being pur-chased in the cheapest market at home or abroad. The Government have, however. urged local authorities to arrange that all contracts for or incidental to works carried out by them should, in the absence of special circumstances, be placed in this country.