Building Licences

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Tim Fortescue Mr Tim Fortescue , Liverpool, Garston 12:00 am, 22nd July 1968

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works how many projects of between £50,000 and £99,999 in value were refused a building licence between 11th August, 1966, and 31st March, 1968; what was the value of those projects; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

There were 48 such projects with a total value of £3½ million, as stated in the Annex to my Report presented to the House on 22nd May, 1968. Such projects are, of course, now exempt from building control as a result of Statutory Instrument, 1968, No. 781, also laid before Parliament on 22nd May, 1968.

Photo of Mr Tim Fortescue Mr Tim Fortescue , Liverpool, Garston

In view of the extremely small number of licences which had to be refused during two years of economic crisis, how can the Minister possibly justify continuing with these controls over the next few years when, as all his colleagues tell us, we shall have a period of economic recovery?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

I give this assurance. At this moment of time those applying for licences are being treated extremely generously. I am considering this issue very carefully. The moment the opportunity is there I shall ensure that the controls are removed.