13 MARCH 1953, Page 5

Houses, it appears, are being built at Norwich in record

time through the use of what is described as "a rail-mounted, power-driven tower crane, imported from Germany, similar to those used in Russia for years." Well, Mr. Baldwin once said something about democracies being two years behind, and it is no doubt better to get the crane late than never. But the thing has apparently been in use in Russia for years. What is the use of making an Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers Dean of Canterbury if, on his ecclesiastical missions to Moscow, he cannot spot the points of a crane and tell the world about them. But perhaps it was on the secret list. (I claim some merit for keeping the Ukraine out of this.)