HC Deb 03 August 1944 vol 402 cc1627-8W
Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works the quantity of steel required in the Portal house; the price of that quantity of fashioned steel in 1939 and the present or proposed price of this steel; and similar information regarding other material required for the Portal house.

Mr. Hicks

The quantity of steel required, including the shed, is 5¾ tons. The 1939 price of the sheet steel was £18 2s. 6d. per ton; the controlled price is now £24 15s. The prices of steel for the emergency house will be specially negotiated. The present price of imported timber is £45 per standard, which is about 150 per cent. above the 1939 price.

Mr. Hynd

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works why it is considered impractical to grant the request of the Sheffield City Council for the erection of a model Portal house in that city, having regard to the housing situation there.

Mr. Hicks

As already announced, a model is to be erected in each of the Regions; the locations will be settled by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health, including that for the North East Region.

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