Oral Answers to Questions — Uthwatt and Scott Committees (Reports).

– 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 when Mr. Justice Uthwatt's Committee and Lord Justice Scott's Committee, respectively, started their investigations; and when does he expect their reports will be submitted to this House?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich

The first meetings of the Committees referred to were held on 7th February, 1941, and 23rd October, 1941, respectively. An interim report of Mr. Justice Uthwatt's Committee was received on 25th April, 1941. My Noble Friend understands that both Committees are now engaged upon the preparation of their reports, but he is unable to say when he will receive them.

Photo of Mr Alfred Bossom Mr Alfred Bossom , Maidstone

Does the hon. Gentleman think it is very desirable that we should get these reports as quickly as possible, as they will have such an effect on postwar building design?

Photo of Mr Henry Strauss Mr Henry Strauss , Norwich

Certainly. I made that clear in a recent Debate. These Committees are working very hard and will produce their reports as soon as possible.