HC Deb 10 June 1969 vol 784 c1219
30. Mr. Geoffrey Wilson

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if he will make a statement on the future of the Construction Industry Research and Information Association.

Mr. John Silkin

The Construction Industry Research and Information Association has informed me that its income is inadequate for its current and future tasks. My officials are at present discussing the situation with representatives of the industry, and the matter will come before my National Consultative Council on 25th July. I will make a further statement as soon as possible thereafter.

Mr. Wilson

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that it is reasonable that the same organisation should be responsible for both research and information? Would it not be better if this difficult problem were dealt with by obtaining a solution from the industry which was agreed and not imposed upon it?

Mr. Silkin

I acknowledge that the purely voluntary basis of the C.I.R.I.A. has failed and we may have to consider other possibilities.