HC Deb 16 December 1952 vol 509 cc169-70W
Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will give an estimate of the difference in cost of a typical council three-bedroom house built on suitable bombed sites in cities and towns, compared with one built on now open agricultural land.

Mr. H. Macmillan

The cost of the actual building would be practically the same. But a suitable bombed site would presumably already be provided with roads, sewers and other services, and the saving on these might amount to £150 a house or more. On the other hand, rural land costs on average not more than £20 a house, whereas urban land may cost a very great deal more.

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