HC Deb 22 June 1938 vol 337 c1083
85. Mr. Crowder

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the cost of erecting a five-storey block of dwellings in the Loanda Street area, Shoreditch, at a cost of £194 per room; what is the annual net deficiency; and what proportion of this will be borne by the State and the ratepayers, respectively?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)

I am aware of this proposal. The annual deficiency is estimated at £1,303. I understand that the borough council have not yet decided how many of the flats should be used for the abatement of overcrowding, and how much of the deficiency will be borne by the Exchequer will depend on this decision.

Mr. Thurtle

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that the cost of land in Shore-ditch is very high, and that the Shore-ditch Borough Council is to be commended on the efforts it is making, under great difficulties, to provide housing for the people?

Mr. Bernays

Yes, Sir. I have no reason to suppose that the Borough Council are not making every possible effort.

Sir Joseph Nall

Can my hon. Friend say how much of this cost is due to the site and how much to the construction?

Mr. Bernays

Not without notice.