HC Deb 20 June 1966 vol 730 cc15-6
13. Mr. Robert Cooke

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what representations he has received from the building industry in regard to on-site manufacture or assembly of industrialised housing and components.

Mr. Prentice

The effect of the Selective Employment Tax on site-manufacture of components was one of the points made to me by the Economic Development Committees for Building and Civil Engineering. This aspect of the tax is being examined by the Government.

Mr. Cooke

Will the right hon. Gentleman try to get it right? Factory-made houses appear to get the rebate whereas those houses built on site appear to get none.

Mr. Prentice

Clause 10 of the Selective Employment Payments Bill gives discretion to treat parts of an establishment constructed in separate locations as separate establishments. The way in which this Clause will be used in relation to the problem the hon-Gentleman has raised is under consideration.