HC Deb 15 November 1965 vol 720 c656
7. Mr. Allason

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if he will make a statement on his official discussion with representatives of the National Federation of Clay Industries on 23rd September, 1965.

Mr. C. Pannell

I would refer the hon. Member to the statement issued after the discussion. I am sending him a copy.

Mr. Allason

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen a copy of today's Daily Mail in which, under the heading "The plan that dropped a brick", it is suggested that the National Federation of Clay Industries will be faced at the end of the year with a very disturbing—

Mr. Speaker

Order. The hon. Gentleman cannot question the Minister on something for which the right hon. Gentleman is not responsible.

Mr. Allason

May I therefore ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is satisfied that the plans of the industry for a very substantial increase in production will go ahead or whether it is true that they will be postponed?

Mr. Pannell

That is up to the industry. I consider that I have given it all the necessary assurances. In any case, I am not prepared to reduce the amount of house-building that is being carried out by industrialised building methods. That was one of the suggestions made. Industrialised building must be allowed to play its part alongside traditional building methods to enable the best possible use to be made of the labour available and to ensure maximum output.