§ Mr. GROVES
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether, as an example to owners of private property, he will give instructions that all buildings and public property under his charge shall be cleaned, painted and brightened up as speedily as possible, thus giving employment to many workers and adding colour to London's surroundings?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
Adequate provision is already made in the Estimates for works services to maintain the property in my charge in a satisfactory condition, with due regard to both structural and occupational requirements. The programme of painting and cleaning services is, however, drawn up as far as possible on a spread-over basis, with the definite object of providing employment in these trades during periods when employment on the redecoration of private property is at a low level.