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Building (Local Authorities' Powers)

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to relax the regulations governing the operation of local authority building departments with a view to allowing them to undertake work in other local authority areas.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to introduce legislation to enable the public works department of one local authority to undertake work for another authority.

I am very conscious of the difficulty which my hon. Friends wish me to overcome, and I am anxious to deal with it. But there are a number of problems and legislation would be involved.