Building Regulations Advisory Committee

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th April 1970.

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Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East 12:00 am, 7th April 1970

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will now take steps to reorganise his Building Regulations Advisory Committee, in order to give the structural engineering profession stronger representation upon it.

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

The present Committee of 15 members includes three structural engineers. To add further structural engineers would upset the balance of the Committee.

Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East

But in view of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee's performance on the fifth amendment, does not my right hon. Friend think that this Committee should be reorganised? Would he consider reappointing members at rather more frequent intervals than is now done?

Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale

I would not subscribe to my hon. Friend's criticism of the work of the Committee. It has worked very quickly, I think, and very effectively under great difficulties. I will bear in mind her suggestion that the membership should be reorganised more frequently, but I am sure that she will realise that I have to strike a balance between the various professional interests involved, and it would be wrong for me to tilt the Committee in one direction.