HC Deb 03 December 1931 vol 260 cc1281-2W

asked the Minister Of Health the present cost of construction of the average subsidy council house, with parlour and without, at the present time as compared with the corresponding period for each of the last three years; the cheapest type of house which has been erected at an economic rate; and whether, in view of the still existing shortage of houses, he can bring to the notice of other local authorities the full facts of cheap construction in this particular case?


The following statement shows the average cost of non-parlour and parlour houses (excluding flats and small houses for aged persons) in contracts let by, or in direct labour schemes of, local authorities (other than the London County Council):

Year ended 31st December. Cost of building exclusive of land, roads and sewers.
Non-parlour houses. Parlour houses.
£ £
1927 413 481
1928 361 429
1929 344 409
1930 339 404
I am not certain to what type of house my hon. Friend refers as having been erected at an economic rate, but I am always willing to investigate economies in building and would in suitable cases bring any particular building methods to the notice of all local authorities who might be assisted thereby.

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