HC Deb 17 November 1920 vol 134 cc1915-6W

asked the Minister of Health whether he has decided to appoint a committee to inquire into the high cost of building in connection with Government housing schemes; whether the terms of reference have been settled; what were the terms of reference to the profiteering committees which have been investigating the cost of building materials for more than nine months; and what arrangements will be, made to pre- vent overlapping between these committees and the waste of public money which would be thereby involved?


I propose to appoint a Committee as indicated, but the terms of reference have not been finally settled. I will send the hon. Member a statement showing the terms of reference to the Building Materials Sub-committee, appointed under the Board of Trade, and the Sectional Committees appointed by that Sub-committee. Arrangements have been made with a view to avoid over lapping between those committees.