HC Deb 09 June 1920 vol 130 cc428-9W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Southgate Urban District Council have built houses at less than two-thirds of the standard cost; and that this result has been achieved by eliminating contractors' profits and by buying materials in the cheapest market; and if he will recommend the scheme of the Southgate Council to all local authorities throughout the country?


There is, unfortunately, no standard cost for houses. The cost of the erection of the houses at Southgate which have already been built appears to be very favourable. The conditions at Southgate were in some respects exceptional. The work was carried out, under the supervision of an officer of the council, by sub-contractors. As explained in my reply on the 3rd instant to the hon. Member for Bedwellty, I do not think that under present conditions it is generally advisable to dispense with tenders, but I am prepared to consent to proposals for building without first advertising for tenders where there is a reasonable assurance that this course will be advantageous.