HC Deb 15 June 1939 vol 348 cc1507-8
52. Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the trend of building material prices since tenders were last asked for, he anticipates, when insisting on their asking for new tenders, that the authorities of the county borough of Derby could now obtain lower tenders for the construction of new houses on the Roe Farm and Radford Street sites without reducing the size and quality of the houses?

Mr. Elliot

I am advised that it is not unreasonable to hope that fresh tendering now would produce satisfactory tenders lower than the direct labour tender without reduction in the size or the quality of the houses.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Derby authorities have given consideration to this matter for the last 18 months, that they are absolutely convinced that they could get lower tenders, that there is a very serious housing shortage in that town, and that there has been no new housing scheme begun during the last 18 months?

Mr. Elliot

I think that the hon. Member is not fully informed as to the latest figures from the local authority. A letter has been received from the town clerk stating that the housing committee have decided to recommend the council to invite tenders for these contracts.