HC Deb 05 December 1950 vol 482 cc182-3
21. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what have been the latest costs of building three- and four-apartment houses by the Ayrshire County Council and by the burghs of Cumnock and Girvan, respectively.

Mr. McNeil

As the answer involves a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Hughes

Will the Minister tell us whether the figures for Girvan are very much higher than those for the county and other burghs, and whether he will take any steps to reduce those figures?

Mr. McNeil

As my hon. Friend will see, in some cases the figures are higher but, as I have already explained to my hon. Friend, there are bound to be variations in the tenders coming from one area compared with another area. The causes of these differences in figures are fairly hard to assess, and therefore it is very difficult to take any action upon them.

Mr. McInnes

When the Secretary of States gives the answer, will he give relative figures as between traditional houses and non-traditional houses?

Mr. McNeil

I have, of course, prepared the answer for circulation tomorrow. It would take some considerable time to provide the information, but if my hon. Friend puts down a Question I will endeavour to answer it.

Mr. Manuel

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Ayr County Council have obtained a substantial saving in building costs because of their labour department, and is he further aware that it would be very advantageous to Scottish local authorities if he would publicise the savings which have been obtained in this way?

Following is the statement:

The latest tender prices approved for houses of three and four apartments in these areas are are follows:

Local Authority Dates of tenders Tender price for one four apartment house Tender price for one three apartment house
Ayr County Council. September, 1950 £1,286 to £1,323 £971 to £1,040
Cumnock October, 1950 £1,187 £1,071
Girvan September, 1950 £1,647 £1,402 to £1,437