HC Deb 10 November 1976 vol 919 cc170-1W
Mr. Urwin

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what changes he proposes in the arrangements in his Department for exercising sponsorship responsibilities for the construction industry in the regions in England; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeson

From 1st February 1977 these responsibilities, which up to now have been handled by the regional offices of the Property Services Agency, will be transferred to the regional offices of the Departments of the Environment and Transport. Each regional director of those Departments, who is also the chairman of the Regional Economic Planning Board, will take over the chairmanship of the Regional Joint Committee of the Building and Civil Engineering Industries from the PSA Director, who will, however, continue to be a member of the committee.