This has been a contentious issue for many years. This particular topic was the responsibility of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and was transferred to the Ministry of Public Building and Works as recently, I think, as 1964. The argument for this—I think it was a good one—was that the Building Regulations cover not only housing but other forms of buildings.
While I welcome the amending Regulations from the Ministry of Public Building and Works, is the Prime Minister aware that they appear to have been made without consultation with the appropriate Committee and that the Government are statutorily bound to have that consulation? Will he ask the Minister concerned to make a statement to clear up any doubt which may have arisen in the industry over these Regulations?
I will certainly put that to my right hon. Friend. There are Government discussions at the moment about changes in the Building Regulations. I was asked about where it should be. There is a case for housing, because of local authorities, but, on the whole, I support the 1964 decision.