Construction Industry (Capital Investment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd December 1968.

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Photo of Sir Albert Costain Sir Albert Costain , Folkestone and Hythe 12:00 am, 3rd December 1968

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he will now make a further statement on his policy on capital investment in plant and machinery on construction sites in the construction industry.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member on 17th June.—[Vol. 766, c. 687.]

Photo of Sir Albert Costain Sir Albert Costain , Folkestone and Hythe

Is the Minister aware that the Board of Trade is still refusing to pay grants on winter building equipment such as wood scaffolding and shuttering? Will he use his influence to get these items through to make the industry more efficient?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

I want to be helpful—[Interruption.]—yes, I do. Whether the Board of Trade is entitled by law to impose any lower limit for administrative or financial reasons has been the subject of litigation. I understand that the matter is now under appeal, so it is, therefore, sub judice.