HC Deb 01 April 1941 vol 370 cc871-2W
Mr. Liddall

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings what steps his Department is taking to prevent hurried decisions leading to last-moment action in the advance planning to obtain adequate supplies of overseas timbers, and other building materials, suitable for post-war reconstruction, to be ready for post-war delivery directly shipping is then available?

Mr. Hicks

My hon. Friend may be assured that his suggestion will not be overlooked.

Mr. Hely-Hutchinson

asked the Minister without Portfolio whether he will take steps to ensure that the experience and knowledge at the command of independent organisations such as Nuffield College will be utilised to the full in connection with the preparation of reconstruction plans?

Mr. Greenwood

Yes, Sir. Full advantage is being taken of public-spirited offers of co-operation from independent organisations in connection with the preparation of reconstruction plans. The authorities of Nuffield College have been good enough to collaborate with my Noble Friend the Minister of Works and Buildings and myself in conducting an inquiry into certain problems of reconstruction and the transition from war to peace conditions. We expect the results of this inquiry to be most valuable, and we hope that the investigators will be given all possible assistance.