§ 76. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he is aware that the shortage of plasterboard and plasterlath in Eastern Scotland now constitutes a threat to employment in the construction industry in 176W the area; and what steps he proposes to take to alleviate the situation.
§ Mr. Boyden
I am aware that there is a general shortage of plasterboard including plasterlath and that this is causing difficulties. Considerable additional manufacturing capacity will become available in 1965 and still more in 1966. The position should therefore ease gradually, particularly as the duplicate orders which have been placed by many builders and merchants, and which have contributed to present difficulties, are eliminated.