§ 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.