HC Deb 09 June 1953 vol 516 cc8-9
15. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Works to make a statement giving the names, and the organisations they represent, of those appointed to the Committee to inquire into the method of tendering for contracts by building firms.

Sir D. Eccles

As I stated on 27th January in reply to the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr. King), this review of tendering and contracting procedure has been undertaken by the industry itself, under the leadership of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and I am not responsible for the appointments. The Committee of Review initially consisted of representatives of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the National Federation of Building Trades Employers. I will circulate the names of the representatives in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Dodds

Is not there a place on this body for trade union representatives, because it seems as if all the vested interests are represented? Will the right hon. Gentleman consider that suggestion?

Sir D. Eccles

The matter under discussion is how to get prices for work: it is not how to manage contracts. As I have said before, the appointments are not my concern. I think that it was open to the trade unions to ask for membership. My information is that they did not do so.

Following are the representatives:




The Chairman is Mr. Howard Robertson, and the Secretary, Mr. W. A. Rutter, C.B.E.. F.R.I.B.A.