§ Mr. Lewis
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what discussions he proposes having with technical experts on those elements of Soviet building experience which he found in the course of his visit to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics could be used with advantage in this country.
§ Mr. Sandys
I was much interested in the extent to which the Russians are using pre-cast concrete components, and by the way in which they have developed production line methods on the building site. I saw nothing which suggested that the actual techniques employed were in40W advance of those developed in this country. The main difference is that in the Soviet Union prefabrication and mechanisation appear to be used on a much larger scale. I have asked my technical advisers to let me have their considered views on Soviet building methods, though it does not, of course, follow that what is suitable in Russia would necessarily be applicable to conditions and the scale of building operations in this country.