asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he is aware of the concern in the con- struction industry at the delay by the National Board for Prices and Incomes in producing their reports on the wage structures of the building and civil engineering industries; and what action he has taken to expedite the report.
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what further representations he has received from both sides of the construction industry regarding the reference of the wage structures of the building and civil engineering industries to the National Board for Prices and Incomes; and what reply he has sent.
The Reports have now been published, and as to the next steps I have nothing to add to the statements by myself on 6th November [Vol. 772, c. 895]; by my right hon. Friend the First Secretary on 15th November [Vol. 773, c. 761]; by the Under-Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity on 28th November [Vol. 774, c. 185.]
Oh, yes. I know of the concern in the industry, and I am aware that it is disturbed about the delay. The Report is now to hand. I am sure that it has been read, and there are discussions going on between both sides of the industry and the Government on this very important matter.
Apart from the Government's utterly represensible delays in the matter which have caused much of the trouble, may I ask whether it is true that the Prices and Incomes Board's computer broke down in the white heat of the technological revolution?
I have no idea what happened to the P.I.B. machinery. All I know is that the ultimate result is before both sides of industry and there are important discussions going on and we shall hear the results of these as soon as possible.