§ Mr. A. Edwards
asked the Minister of Works how many people specialising in the building of houses have been consulted during the last two years while the house building programme has been under consideration.
§ Mr. Sandys
The normal way in which a Government Department obtains outside advice is by means of Advisory Committees. A number of such Committees, containing specialists in various aspects of house construction, have been consulted at all stages, and in particular a representative of the National Federation of Registered House Builders has recently been added to my Consultative Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industries. In a less formal way the staff of the Ministry has had continuous contact with a number of persons specialising in the building of houses, particularly in connection with the development of schemes for prefabricated permanent houses, several of which have been put forward by leading house building firms.