Oral Answers to Questions — Building Organisations.

– in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Mr. Davidson:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings when the last survey of the nation's building organisations was undertaken by his Department and, arising from the survey, what decisions were arrived at with regard to future planning?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

The latest return from building and civil engineering undertakings registered with the Department under Defence Regulation 56AB was made on 30th May last, when particulars were obtained of the numbers employed by such undertakings on various classes of building and contracting work. No decisions with regard to future planning have been taken on the information provided by this return, which is primarily required for present purposes. The information will be made available to the industry for study.

Mr. Davidson:

Has this survey taken in all building organisations in the country or only building organisations on the Ministry's lists?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

Yes, Sir, the survey was very complete and included not only employers but all workmen.

Mr. Davidson:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether building organisations that have grouped together as district organisations for the purpose of carrying out war building work, are refused the right to tender for contracts issued by his Department?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

No, Sir. The Department is prepared to consider tenders for building works from such organisations if they are submitted by a responsible firm as leader of the group or in such other manner as to make it possible for the Department to enter into a contract with the parties concerned and provided that it is satisfied that the group had adequate financial resources, key personnel and organising ability to handle the proposed service.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is the building organisation of the Co-operative Society allowed to tender for work?

Photo of Mr George Hicks Mr George Hicks , Woolwich East

They are already employed.