Builders (Registration)

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 Jasper More Mr Jasper More , Ludlow 12:00 am, 3rd December 1968

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he will request the sub-committee of the National Consultative Council, currently studying the registration of builders, to take into account the Phelps Brown Committee's Report.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

I have no doubt that the independent inquiry when set up will consider all relevant matter in the Report of the Phelps Brown Committee.

Photo of Mr Jasper More Mr Jasper More , Ludlow

Why, apart from a statement by the Minister's colleague the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity, have we not had a statement of Government policy in this matter? Could not the "darned better Minister" himself, in view of the fact that he commissioned this Report jointly, make a public statement for the benefit of this sub-committee?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

For the very simple reason that, when Phelps Brown issued the Report, we did the proper thing and supplied it to the industry—both employers and unions. Up to a week or so ago, we had not received any official replies. In a matter like this, it would be wrong for the Government to state a policy without having carried the industry with them.