HC Deb 10 May 1948 vol 450 cc1710-1
11. Mr. Chetwynd

asked the Minister of Works whether, in view of the inquiries already made into the production of certain building materials and into the distribution of building materials and components, he will consider the advisability of extending his inquiries to include the activities of the building industry.

Mr. Key

Yes, Sir. I have decided to appoint a working party to inquire into the organisation and efficiency of building operations in this country. I am consider- ing the constitution and terms of reference of the working party and I will make a further announcement after the Whitsun Recess.

Mr. Marples

Will the Minister consider the desirability of including his own rather inefficient mobile labour force?

Mr. Key

I am making constant inquiries into the operations of my mobile labour force. I consider that it is a most essential service at the present time.

Mr. Joynson-Hicks

Can the Minister give an assurance that the terms of reference of the working party will enable them to take account of the difficulties of the building industry and, of its sense of frustration at having to obtain permits and other documents from the regional authorities?

Mr. Key

I will see that the terms of reference of the working party are free and open, but I do not accept the innuendo of frustration.