HC Deb 07 August 1941 vol 373 cc2118-9W
Mr. Bossom

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings the names of the members of the recently-announced Building Council; what are its terms of reference; and will its recommendations be advisory or binding on the Ministry?

Mr. Hicks

The terms of reference of the proposed Building Council are under consideration, but its general objective will be to advise my Noble Friend on questions of output and efficiency in the building and contracting industries and on any steps necessary to secure improvement in these respects, including questions of welfare and all other factors affecting output and efficiency; to take action to secure that the industries carry out the decisions of my Noble Friend taken on the council's advice and with the council's approval; to examine the various statistics, estimates and projects on which the Government Building Programme is based; to advise on all other matters that may be referred to it, and in addition to perform such functions of the existing Joint Advisory Panel as are considered appropriate. The membership of the council has not yet been fully determined; its functions will be advisory.