HC Deb 01 November 1966 vol 735 cc238-9
33. Mr. Loveys

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he will make a statement concerning the development of the National House Builders' Registration Council; and whether he is satisfied that this council is able to give sufficient protection to house purchasers.

Mr. Mellish

The Government believe that the scheme can provide the most satisfactory means of protecting purchasers of new houses. To be fully effective, however, its coverage needs to be practically universal. The number of registered builders has increased since March from 2,700 to over 4,500 and the scheme is estimated to cover over 60 per cent. of new private houses.

Mr. Loveys

May I thank the Parliamentary Secretary for that reply and ask him Question No. 34?

Mr. Speaker

Order. There is now no time for Question No. 34. Questions to the Prime Minister.