§ 10.7 p.m.
§ Mr. Silkin
I beg to move, in page 13, line 4, after "land," to insert:(including additional expenses incurred by the local authority in the construction of any special foundations to the building proposed to be erected on the site.I move this Amendment in order to obtain from the Minister an assurance that the calculation of the value of the site will include any additional expenses incurred by the local authority in the construction of special foundations to make the surface suitable for the erection of buildings. Very often, particularly in large towns, local authorities have to get such sites as are available, and it sometimes happens that special foundations have to be constructed. In London, for instance, we had to have piling to the extent of 50 feet in one case, which was very expensive. I consider that the cost of such piling should be included in the cost of the site. My object is to secure from the Minister an assurance that, in calculating the cost of the site, the cost of special foundations will be included.
§ 10.9 p.m.
§ Sir K. Wood
The hon. Member has raised a matter which is of importance as far as his local authority is concerned. I will at once say that I shall be prepared to take account of any extra expense incurred on a site in carrying out any necessary piling operations in the foundations. I shall be prepared to include that expense.
§ Mr. Silkin
In view of the right hon. Gentleman's statement, I beg leave to withdraw the Amendment.
§ Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
§ Bill reported, with Amendments; as amended, to be considered upon Monday next, and to be printed. [Bill 96.]