§ 8. Mr. R. Thompson
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Emmerson Report.
§ Mr. Rippon
The recent changes in the functions of my Ministry will enable the Government to use its powers as client of the construction industries to ensure that the most economical and up-to-date administrative and technical practices are more widely introduced in the public sector.
I announced on 31st October the appointment of a committee to consider contractual procedures in the construction industries and of a working party to inquire into the different systems and practices in the construction industries in Scotland.
Sir Harold Emmerson also stressed the need for an assurance of a steady construction programme for some years ahead. My Ministry's closer association at an earlier stage with the planning of public investment programmes will help to achieve this.
§ Mr. Thompson
Has my right hon. Friend seen the report of an independent inquiry into the construction industries published by the Builder? In view of the important corroborative evidence from that source that much could be done to improve the productivity of the building industry, will my right hon. Friend do all he can to give effect to its recommendations as soon as possible?
§ Mr. Rippon
I have seen the independent report to which my hon. Friend refers and I have commended it as a useful contribution to the studies which are taking place. I think that the Emmerson Report, as a result of the action taken by my predecessor and my hon. Friend, has also made an important contribution. I intend to ensure that its major recommendations are carried out as speedily as possible.