HC Deb 14 April 1965 vol 710 cc220-1W
Mr. Dance

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works how many official dinners and luncheons he has given since he took office; how many guests he has entertained; and at what public cost.

Mr. C. Pannell

In order to gain a deeper knowledge of the problems of the construction industry in all parts of the United Kingdom, I have given 10 lunches and one dinner to members of the Building and Civil Engineering Joint Committees which advise me in various parts of the country. Each of these occasions was followed by a full exchange of views on the problems facing the industry. I have also given a working dinner for the National Building Agency and a lunch to mark the 100th meeting of my Advisory Committee of Specialist and Sub-contractors. The total cost of these functions was £800.