HC Deb 18 November 1968 vol 773 cc233-4W
Mr. Stodart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what expert advice is available to him in Scotland about the construction of high buildings; what outside bodies advise him; and whether he has recently sought their advice.

Mr. William Ross

I have always available to me the advice of my departmental architects and engineers, the National Building Agency, the Building Research Station and the Scottish Building Standards Advisory Committee.

Recently, together with the Minister of Housing and Local Government and the Secretary of State for Wales, I have had advice, arising out of the Report of the Ronan Point Tribunal, from a technical working party on the standards which should be applied in appraising high blocks of flats; and we will have further advice from a panel of professional advisers which we are setting up on the application of these standards, and, where difficulties arise, on the measures to be taken to strengthen particular buildings.