§ 32. Mr. Marples
asked the Minister of Works how many buildings are being erected by the Ministry of Works Mobile Labour Force; what are the types of buildings; what are the estimates of the final 12 cost; and have competitive tenders been used to check the cost of the work.
§ Mr. Key
As the answer to the first three parts of the Question involves a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The cost of the work done by the Mobile Labour Force is checked wherever practicable against prices prevailing for competitive tender for similar work.
§ Mr. Marples
Can the right hon. Gentleman say what percentage of this work carried out by the Mobile Labour Force has been checked by comparative tenders, and what percentage has not been checked?
§ Mr. Gammans
Are private firms asked to tender, or is this a sort of glorified cost-plus arrangement?
§ Following is the statement:
§ On 30th March the Mobile Labour Force was engaged in erecting the following buildings or works; the estimates of final cost are:
|Type.||Number.||M.L.F. estimated final cost.|
|New traditional houses, including roads, sewers and all services||107||268,086|
|Erection of prefabricated houses||343||397,070|
|Totally destroyed dwellings||619||1,020,093|
|Hutted sites for school meals and classrooms||29||204,851|
|Temporary office building sites||9||1,467,375|
|Constructional work on Government Factories and Research Establishments||9||2,226,070|
§ These estimates do not include the cost of prefabricated components.