HC Deb 01 November 1945 vol 415 cc595-6
5. Mr. Keeling

asked the Minister of Health how the maximum approved cost of a house to be built by a local authority compares, respectively, with the maximum cost for which a private builder can get a licence to build and the cost of a temporary aluminium house; and whether in each case the figure includes the cost of land, sewers and other services.

Mr. Bevan

I do not think it would be wise to publish details of maximum approved prices at a time when I am trying to get prices down. Moreover, the types of houses mentioned are not necessarily comparable and I am, therefore, unable to give a valid comparison of the costs. The cost of temporary aluminium houses was given in the White Paper, Cmd. 6686.

Mr. Keeling

Would the Minister agree that private builders are at a disadvantage in this matter?

Mr. Speaker

We really must get on with the Questions.