§ 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 239 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.