Does not the Minister agree that the construction industry is already in great difficulty due to the delay in setting up this Board, which has a four-year programme in which to work? Will he bring pressure to bear upon his right hon. Friend to get this Board set up as soon as possible?
The construction industry will be one of the first to go metric. It has a fine record. I agree that it is important that the Board should be set up, and we want the best people on it. I can give an assurance that the construction industry will be well and truly represented on it.
In what we have done we have carried the industry with us. It has taken the initiative. My Ministry will be going metric in its design work next year. I pay tribute to the industry for playing an important and progressive part in this matter.