HC Deb 07 February 1967 vol 740 cc1343-4
23. Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what consultation he has had in the course of his official discussions with the National House Builders' Registration Council, concerning publication by the Council of the names of builders who are expelled from the registration scheme because of shoddy building; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellish

My right hon. Friend has discussed this with the Council as part of the wider question of information to the public and I will inform my hon. Friend of the outcome in due course.

Mr. Morris

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that the secrecy about faulty builders who have been excluded from the scheme is causing widespread concern; and will he agree that if there were not secrecy there would be a demand to legislate to deal with this matter?

Mr. Mellish

Yes, we understand that, and are in consultation about this, and one of the first and most important things to do in this matter is to publish the names of all builders on the Register so that, by implication, those whose names are not on will join and get on quickly.