HC Deb 04 December 1962 vol 668 cc153-4W
61. Sir C. Osborne

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works what was the original estimated cost of rebuilding Downing Street; when it was then expected to be completed; what is now the estimated cost; when it will now be finished; why the cost has risen; why the completion has been delayed; whether the work is on a cost-plus basis; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Rippon

The reconstruction of Nos. 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street was originally estimated to cost £500,000 and was expected to be complete in August, 1962. Much additional work has been found necessary and this, together with higher costs of labour and material and the effect of stoppages, has increased the cost which is expected to be at least £900,000. The expected completion date is now August, 1963. The main contract for the work is on a cost-plus fixed fee basis.