Metrication Board

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 Mr Keith Speed Mr Keith Speed , Meriden 12:00 am, 3rd December 1968

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if he will announce the name of his Department's representative on the Metrication Board.

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

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether his Department will be represented on the Metrication Board.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Technology is considering the membership of the Metrication Board. the interests of the construction industry will be well represented.

Photo of Mr Keith Speed Mr Keith Speed , Meriden

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?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

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.

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

Can the Minister give an assurance that the decision to go metric was not taken without a feasibility study, and that if so his Department took part in it?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

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.