§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has received any reports as to the condition of Cruden and Swedish houses erected in Orkney and Shetland.
An inspector examined the houses in Shetland last week, and I shall write to the hon. Member when I receive his report.
§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the comparable costs of erection of Cruden, Swedish and Norwegian stone and brick houses in Orkney and Shetland.
The following table gives particulars of the tender prices of the houses in question. As, however, there 207W are wide difference in the dates of the tenders, the design of the houses, and the
Situation of Houses Date of Tender Construction Cost* per house Remarks £ Orkney County Kirkwall … Oct. 1950 Brick (Dunedin) 1,757 Stromness … Aug. 1950 Concrete Blocks 1,784 Terraced houses in blocks of four. Kirkwall … Mar. 1950 Stone 1,805 Terraced houses in blocks of four. Kirkwall … May, 1946 Crudens 1,273 Additional charges, of which the amounts are not at present ascertainable, are payable for sea transport of components from the mainland. Kirkwall … Feb., 1949 SwedishTimber 2,028 Zetland County Lerwick … May, 1950 Brick 2,038 Scalloway … Dec., 1950 Brick 2,139 These were alternative offers. The Local Authority accepted the lower price do … do Concrete Blocks 1,964 Sandwick … Jan., 1949 Swedish Timber 2,133 Lerwick … Dec., 1948 do. 2,042 Scalloway … May, 1946 Cruden 1,283 Additional charges, of which the amounts are not at present ascertainable, are payable for sea transport of components from the mainland. Lerwick … do. Cruden 1,273 * Note.—Except where otherwise stated, the tender prices given in this Table are for four-apartment two-storey cottages in blocks of two.
accessibility of the sites, no valid comparison of the periods can be made: