HC Deb 27 May 1943 vol 389 cc1720-1
25. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Health whether he can state either the highest or lowest all-in estimate accepted from any.contractor for each type of the 3,000 rural cottages?

Mr. E. Brown

No tenders have yet been accepted.

Mr. Bossom

Could the right hon. Gentleman say when he will be able to give information to the House?

Mr. Brown

I am not sure. Perhaps the hon. Member will put a question down for the next series of Sitting Days.

Earl Winterton

Do I understand that of this plan for 3,000 cottages not a single tender has yet been accepted?

Mr. Brown

Not yet.

Sir Irving Albery

Have any tenders been called for for the construction of cottages in chalk?

Mr. Brown

I should want notice of that question.

Mr. De la Bere

Let us get on with the job.

Mr. Shinwell

Is the Minister aware that it is several months since he decided to proceed with the erection of these 3,000 cottages? When is he going to speed up delivery?

Mr Brown

There has been no undue delay.

28. Mr. Liddall

asked the Minister of Health whether it is officially proposed to use English green unseasoned timber for roof works in connection with the Government scheme of houses for agricultural workers, or whether seasoned imported timber will be available?

Mr. Brown

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "No, Sir." I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply, who is responsible for timber control, that every endeavour will be made to supply suitable timber where timber is to be used, but operational and Service demands for which seasoned timber is essential must, of course, have precedence.