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Building Licences

Volume 443: debated on Thursday 30 October 1947

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asked the Minister of Works whether he will now direct that a copy of every licence for building work stating the nature of the work and the amount of its monetary limit shall be posted prominently on the site where such work is being undertaken.

No; this suggestion has been very carefully examined on previous occasions but its adoption was not found practicable or desirable.

asked the Minister of Works whether he will now revise the system whereby licences for building work are granted in respect of bomb-damaged premises and those to which dangerous structure notices apply, so as to have regard to the purposes for which the premises are being used or intended to be used; and whether he will withhold licences except for essential industrial purposes.

The purpose of the premises is already taken, into account with the other relevant factors in giving decisions upon applications for licences for bomb damage repair. In cases where dangerous structure notices have been issued the main consideration must be the possible danger to the public or to the occupant. With regard to the last part of the Question, it is not possible to confine the issue of licences to industrial purposes.