HC Deb 13 December 1945 vol 417 cc593-4
29. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Health to what extent the reduction in the amounts of housing tenders is due to local authorities modifying their specifications to enable the cost of houses to come within the prescribed limit.

Mr. Bevan

In certain instances items which were not essential have been taken out, but this is not the means by which I am seeking a general reduction of tenders, and I shall do all I can to uphold and improve standards and amenities, as circumstances allow.

Mr. Lipson

Will the Minister inform his officers that a reduction in price is not to be obtained by providing an inferior house?

Mr. Bevan

There are some instances of tenders being reduced by taking out frills while retaining standards.

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