§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works whether he will make a statement on the Anglo-Swedish Building Research Meeting, of which the detailed arrangements were announced by his Department on 27th September, 1967.
§ Mr. Mellish
The meeting to which the hon. Member refers was organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Swedish Building Industry Work Research Foundation, with assistance from my Ministry and the Construction Industry Training Board. It was held in Cambridge from 25th September to 29th September, 1967, and was attended by a total of 83 research workers, managers, trade unionists and Government officials, drawn principally from the United Kingdom, Sweden and the Netherlands. Those participating were concerned with site management, planning, the structure of the building industry, professional relationships and the efficiency of operatives and management.
The objectives of the meeting were:
- (a) to summarise and compare recent research studies;
- (b) to consider the integration of these studies and the application of their results; and
- (c) to identify the most fruitful areas for future research.
The meeting was very successful; I expect it to lead to further international co-operation in this field. The organisers are arranging for a report of the meeting to be published and put on general sale; this should be available by the end of 1967 or early next year.