HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 c1428
18. Mr. Tom McMillan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the average cost to local authorities of a three-, four-, and five-apartment house, and the cost of similar houses in England.

Dr. Dickson Mabon

The averages for Scotland as a whole are about £3,800, £4,000, and £4,600, respectively, inclusive of land, site preparation and fees. Direct comparison with costs in England is impossible because house types and site conditions differ widely in the two countries.

Mr. McMillan

In view of that Answer, does not my hon. Friend agree that closer examination should take place to find out what the difference is?

Dr. Mabon

I accept that. The average tender cost for two-storey three-bed-roomed local authority houses approved in England and Wales, but excluding London, in 1966 was £2,782, to which, of course, must be added the cost of land, which differs in England and Wales, roads, sewers and professional fees and so on. My hon. Friend will appreciate the difficulties of a direct comparison. This is part of the inquiry we are conducting.