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NEW METHODS URGED EXPERIMENT IN HAND Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, Saturday. A proposal which, he considered, would help the housing position was made during the debate on the Housing Improvement Bill in the House of Representatives yesterday by Mr. W. Sullivan (Nat, Bay of Plenty). He suggested the building of concrete housesbboy o the use of the steel shuttering system, As shuttering cost from £800 to £1000 it would be necessary to give each contractor a number of houses to justify him making the outlay on shuttering. Dealing with the timber shortage, Mr. Sullivan said that the Minister of Housing Construction, Mr. Semple, in co-operation with the Commissioner of State Forests, Mr. Skinner, should cause an investigation to be made as to why timber was not coming from the mills. One reason was that milling to-day was uneconomic. Some of the bigger firms having made losses over the last 12 months, it was for the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, to look at the tax system on those companies. Lack of efficient machinery was also affecting milling. Priority should be given the millers to secure the necessary machinery. Mr. Sullivan also advocated the sending of a buyer with wide knowledge of oregon to Canada to make arrangements for an increase in imports for the Dominion. New Zealand millers had had more than enough to do for upwards of 10 years and imports would relieve the position, although it was up to the Government to ensure that the price, after the payment of such charges as duty and sglcs tax, was brought down to an economic rate.

Mr. Meachen. Under - Secretary for Housing, answered the suggestion regarding the use of improved concrete forms for quick construction by inviting the member for the Bay of Plenty to inspect four houses now being built by the Housing Department at Taita, near Wellington. The amount of timber being used, he said, was less than 330 feet, even including the concrete boxing. This was more or less an experiment in utilising angle iron moulds, strongly reinforced. There were possibilities in the use of transit camps and he knew that the Minister for Housing was acquainted with the recommendations which had been made on this subject. In regard to Wellington returned men who wanted a home they could be accommodated in this way but only temporarily while a State house, or their own house, was being built.

Mr. Meachen stated that a heavy drop in the timber output last year was predicted by the millers, who told the Government it would be at least 12 months before they could get back to normal output after the rush on defence works. When they finished the defence programme the millers found they would have to do a great deal of dead work in developing further timber supplies before they could get back to normal conditions of output.

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USE OF CONCRETE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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USE OF CONCRETE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945

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