HC Deb 29 March 1934 vol 287 c2144W

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that the average cost in the period 1924–33 of new dwellings in Yorkshire was only £450, the lowest average in England, he will publish a statement showing the economies which made this result possible, for the information of other local authorities and to enable them to lower their costs to a similar level?


I think the figure quoted by my hon. Friend refers to the average estimated cost of all dwelling-houses for which plans were approved in certain Yorkshire towns in the year 1933. The average cost of erection of working-class non-parlour houses included in contracts let and in direct labour schemes commenced by local authorities in England and Wales, outside the County of London, during the three months ended 28th February last, was only £289 per house, and I do not think any advantage would be gained by an investigation of the reasons for the average cost in Yorkshire of houses which are not strictly comparable.

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