HC Deb 26 March 1914 vol 60 c554
95. Mr. LANE-FOX

asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether the Board is still advised that satisfactory cottages with three bed - rooms for labourers can be erected at the cost of £300 the pair in the North of England, such cost including cost of drainage, water supply, fencing, cartage, and levelling; whether his Department have had occasion to build any such cottages on Crown lands or elsewhere in the North of England, and, if so, at what cost?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of AGRICULTURE (Mr. Runciman)

I appointed a Committee last autumn to advise the Board and the Commissioners of Woods on matters relating to the cost and planning of cottages for agricultural labourers. Much useful information has already been collected, including particulars of satisfactory cottages built recently at a cost of £117 each, exclusive of drainage and other incidental expenses. The total cost must, of course, vary to some extent according to the locality and other circumstances. I understand that the question of issuing an interim Report with plans is now under consideration. The Commissioners of Woods have not hitherto built any cottages in the North of England for £300 the pair.