HC Deb 05 November 1954 vol 532 c88W
Sir A. Bossom

asked the Minister of Works if he will consult with his colleagues to save expense and time now involved in any large building undertaking, by inspiring a plan so that all the necessary permits, which now take anything up to a year to obtain, can be provided in a month to six weeks, as is done in many other countries and all from one authorising body.

Mr. Birch

I hope the abolition of licensing will be a contribution to the end my hon. Friend has in mind. I agree that it is desirable that the procedure for obtaining the permits to build should be as simple and speedy as possible, but I do not think it would be practicable to have one authorising body to cover all the interests involved.