HC Deb 28 July 1943 vol 391 cc1615-6W
Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works why his Department has refused to grant a licence to carry out drainage work costing £130, 16s., at 43, Howard Street, Derby, on which the corporation insisted; whether the estimate obtained from building contractors was regarded as excessive; and, if so, on what grounds?

Mr. Hicks

My Ministry, in refusing a licence for reconstructing the drainage system stated that the essential portion of the work could be carried out for less than £100. It is understood that tenders at less than this cost have, in fact, been obtained and the work will not, therefore, require a licence. No indication was given in the application form that the work had been in any way required by the corporation.