§ Commander Maitland
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs why, after lengthy negotiations, the urban district council of Woodhall Spa has been required to appoint an independent architect or engineer to prepare or approve plans and specifications for an extension to the swimming pool in Jubilee Park, when plans and specifications have already been prepared by a firm of independent contractors; and if he is aware that this requirement makes it impossible for the council to carry out and complete the work before the coming season.
§ Sir K. Joseph
The reconstruction of this swimming pool poses difficult technical problems, and it was for that reason that representatives of the council were recently advised by the Department's officers that the Council should obtain independent technical advice before proceeding with their latest proposals, which were submitted to my right hon. Friend on 15th January. I regret that it will not now be possible to carry out the work before the coming season, but it is important to ensure that the design is sound.