HC Deb 24 March 1964 vol 692 cc46-7W
30. Mr. Oram

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what consideration he has given to the report requested by the National Economic Development Council on the building and construction industry; and what proposals he has for ensuring that the industry can meet the physical requirements of the Council's 4 per cent. growth target.

Mr. Rippon

I have read and considered this Report. The construction industries acting in co-operation with the Government and the associated professions have already set in hand various measures to increase output. If these measures are pursued, I am confident that the industries will meet our national needs.

35. Mr. Brockway

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if he will arrange for the Minister without portfolio, the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Transport to consider together the effect on their announced programmes of the report by the National Economic Development Council on the construction industry and to co-ordinate them so that priority is given to the building of houses, schools, hospitals, factories in the north and necessary roads, by a limitation of the constructor of blocks of offices, luxury hotels, private development schemes and other less urgent projects.

Mr. Rippon

No. Arrangements for the co-ordination of public service construction programmes already exist.

Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if, in view of the comments by the National Economic Development Council on the weakness of building statistics, he will strengthen the staff of his statistical section and take other steps to improve its effectiveness.

Mr. Rippon

I set up the Directorate of Economic Intelligence last year and the statistical staff has been increased. The new statistics which I have recently begun to collect and of which I gave details in reply to a Parliamentary Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Mr. Anthony Royle) will be published in May and will be analysed

Actual expenditure Estimated expenditure Totals
1960/61 1961/62 1962/63 1963/64–1967/68
£ £ £ £ £ £
Single male accommodation 2,000 33,050 15,000 37,500 87,550 178,150
Married Quarters 1,000 1,000 2,600 86,000 90,600
Single male accommodation 34,500 4,500 4,250 97,000 140,250 154,250
Married Quarters 2,000 1,000 1,000 10,000 14,000
Single male accommodation 59,000 130,000 70,000 578,000 837,000 904,500
W.R.N.S. accommodation 25,000 25,000
Married Quarters 2,000 2,500 16,000 22,000 42,500
Single male accommodation 2,000 3,000 1,000 356,000 362,000 1,148,000
W.R.N.S. accommodation
Married Quarters 20,000 19,000 1,000 746,000 786,000
Totals 122,500 194,050 110,850 1,957,500 2,384,900