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Volume 236: debated on Monday 10 March 1930

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asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is now quite satisfied with the scaffolding now erected at the House of Lords, and especially as to its safety; whether he is aware that the type of couplers in use has now been changed three times; that at some time some couplers bearing the initials of an American scaffolding firm were in use; whether the same type of couplers without initials now in use is of British manufacture; whether he is satisfied that the constant shifting about and changes of these couplers were necessary; and whether on the whole his Department is satisfied with the way the contract has been carried out?

The answers to the first and second parts of the question are in the affirmative. As regards the third and fourth parts, I have ascertained that a few couplers of the type referred to were used at one stage to save time, and have since been replaced by couplers of British manufacture. As regards the remainder of the question, I am satisfied that the contract has been carried out satisfactorily.