HC Deb 29 October 1957 vol 575 cc10-1
23. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has yet reached any conclusions on the Report submitted to him by the Committee on Building Legislation in Scotland; and how far he proposes to incorporate any of its recommendations in legislation.

Mr. J. N. Browne

Before reaching any conclusions, my right hon. Friend has asked the local authority associations and other interested bodies for their views. I should like to take this opportunity on behalf of my right hon. Friend of publicly expressing the Government's thanks to Lord Guest and the members of the Committee for their valuable report.

Mr. Rankin

Is the Joint Under Secretary aware that the Committee has spent almost four years in preparing this excellent Report; and that amongst the many recommendations it makes is the suggestion that, because building provisions are scattered through a great many statutes and byelaws, there should now be a new building Act incorporating them all? Will he say whether or not the Government intend at some early date to bring in such a building Bill?

Mr. Browne

At this stage, I can tell the hon. Gentleman that this Report is receiving full and careful consideration and we have legislation in mind.

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