Oral Answers to Questions — National Building Regulations (Ministerial Responsibility)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

Not at this stage, Sir.

Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East

Could I ask my right hon. Friend whether, at some time when he is not too occupied, he will perhaps look at this again, bearing in mind that the Ministry of Housing and Local Government have the machinery and contacts with local authorities?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

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.

Photo of Mr Robin Chichester-Clark Mr Robin Chichester-Clark , County Londonderry

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?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

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.