HC Deb 22 February 1927 vol 202 cc1601-2W
Viscountess ASTOR

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the lowest and the highest price paid for Weir, Atholl, and Cowieson houses in Scotland, inclusive of land, drainage, and paths during the year 1926 by the Scottish Board of Health and local authorities, respectively?


No houses are being built by the Scottish Board of Health, but I assume that the Noble Lady desires information as to the houses being built by the Scottish National Housing Company (Housing Trust), Limited. During 1926, the highest and lowest contract prices for these houses were for three-apartment flatted houses, Weir, £361 10s.; Atholl, £388, subject to a possible reduction to £380 12s. 6d. if the latter firm obtain further orders from outside sources; for three-apartment bungalow houses, Weir, £369 Cowieson, Z380; for three-apartment two-storey cottage in blocks of four, Cowieson, £3g0; and for four-apartment semi-detached two-storey cottages, Weir, £399 10s. Except in the case of the Cowieson types, the price of which includes the cost of a certain amount of drainage work, none of the prices cover the cost of land, drainage or paths, as these are not included in the contracts with the firms named, and the price therefore is not yet available.

The highest and lowest contract prices per house for these makes contracted for by local authorities during 1926 were Weir, highest, £440 (three-apartment bungalows), and, lowest, £430 (three- apartment bungalows); Atholl (three-apartment flats), highest, £455, subject to a reduction if the firm receives a minimum number of other orders, and, lowest, 2409; Cowieson, nil. These prices do not include the price of land which, except in one case, was taken on feu.

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