§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what measures he is taking to exploit the system-building potential more fully;
(2) if he will make an estimate of the demand for contracts by firms engaged in industrialised building.
§ Mr. Ross
The National Building Agency, as well as appraising particular industrialised building systems, maintains contact with its sponsors and obtains up-to-date information about their productive capacities.
My Department's consideration of the house-building programmes of public authorities will, as explained in S.D.D. Circular No. 68/1965, help to determine the extent to which these systems should be used in various areas and will lead to collaboration between the authorities, the Department and the Agency in organising joint programmes using the systems.
In addition, my hon. Friend, the Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State has had meetings both with system sponsors and with local authorities in order to identify problems which will have to be resolved.