Building Industry (Production Costs)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Minister of Works when the Committee appointed by him on 5th June, 1947, to keep under review the prices of building materials, will be making their recommendations.

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

This is a standing Committee which makes recommendations to me from time to time in response to requests for advice.

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

Will the right lion. Gentleman consider publishing those findings in order to ensure a more speedy implementation of whatever recommendations are made?

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

I am giving consideration to that matter but I think that on the whole I shall get better and more intimate advice if I do not publish all the reports of this Committee.

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

Will the right hon. Gentleman place some of the reports in the Library?

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

I have already said in answer to previous Questions that if there is any information which would be of value I will see that it is published.

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

asked the Minister of Works how many Reports on output in the building trade have been published by the Committee of Review which was to be set up under the Working Rule Agreement for building trades operatives in the London District, which was signed on 27th February, 1946; and if he will make copies available in the Library.

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

I understand that no Reports have been published by the Committee of Review set up by the National Joint Council for the Building Industry.

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

As the Agreement was signed two and a half years ago, surely some evidence has been collected? In order to assist in reducing building costs, will the right hon. Gentleman approach the Committee and see if he can get their evidence, in order to publish it?

Photo of Mr Charles Key Mr Charles Key , Poplar Bow and Bromley

This is entirely a matter for the building industry itself. I should appreciate any evidence they have to give me, but so far none has come forward.

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

Will the right hon. Gentleman take the initiative and ask for any evidence they have, in order to reduce building costs?