§ 11. Mr. Costain
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what studies he has instituted into the organisation of demand in the construction industry; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Silkin
An E.D.C. working party on which my Department was represented has recently reported, and its report is being studied by the Departments concerned.
§ Mr. Costain
Is the Minister not aware that this working party reported that there was no co-operation between the Ministry and local authorities on the co-ordinating of work started in certain areas? Surely this is a job about which his Department ought to have information. He has the staff to do it.
§ Mr. Silkin
I do not think that the report has been published, but I understand that it is confined to the public sector and specifically to hospital building and water and sewage works.