HC Deb 21 July 1970 vol 804 cc220-1
16. Mr. Harper

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if he has now reviewed the number of his Department's consultative committee for the building industry; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Amery

No, Sir; but if the hon. Member will table a Question after the Recess I hope to be able to give him my considered view.

Mr. Harper

I will certainly do that. But it is a rather surprising answer when we recall that the right hon. Gentleman and his right hon. and hon. Friends, when in opposition, constantly chided us that, by one stroke of the pen, they would abolish all these consultative committees. What has induced them to change their minds?

Mr. Amery

I is always wise to review these matters with great care—[Interruptionj The Labour Party certainly had a remarkable record in doing so.