Oral Answers to Questions — Building Operations.

– in the House of Commons on 21st May 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether he will institute the procedure of permitting the use throughout Great Britain of new constructional materials or processes after they have been officially approved by the Building Research Station without further recourse to any other formalities or regulating authorities?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich

My Noble Friend cannot accept a proposal which would deprive planning authorities of power to take relevant local circumstances into account.

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Is it not desirable that once the research station has examined and approved any material and stated it to be perfect, should not that make its use legal all over the country instead of compelling local authorities to apply all over again to amend by-laws to permit its, use?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich

I think what the hon. Member has in mind is approval under building by-laws. If that is the case, the hon. Member's Question should be addressed to my right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Was not the Ministry of Works and Buildings required to call into conference the other Departments? I think those were the very words given to the House when the Lord Privy Seal told us about the formation of this Ministry.