HC Deb 07 December 1965 vol 722 cc54-5W
53. Sir R. Thompson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what is the outcome of his discussions with the National House-Builders Registration Council on the enforcement of building standards; and what redress is proposed for purchasers of new houses which do not conform to these standards.

Mr. Crossman

The National House-Builders Registration Council and the Building Societies Association are discussing how to secure a much wider application of the Council's scheme. I am awaiting the outcome of these discussions. Meanwhile where a house is built by a registered builder the Council's scheme provides—through a basic specification, inspection during construction, builder's two-year guarantee, and a 10-year guarantee against major structural defects—a means of redress against unsatisfactory building.

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