§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made by the panel of the Construction Research Advisory Council studying structural stability.
§ Mr. Amery
The panel has held five meetings and has appointed specialist working parties to consider structural analysis, the design and performance of joints and the effects of dynamic forces such as explosions in buildings.
On the panel's recommendation my Department recently commissioned a survey of gas explosions involving structural 69W damage and is preparing plans for the construction of a test cell for venting and similar experiments.