§ Mr. Iremonger
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that Redbridge Borough Council has increased the charge to be made to ratepayers for making garage drive-ins across pavements; and to what extent this increase is in accord with the Government's prices and incomes policy.143W
§ Mr. MacColl
I understand that the work on these crossings is done by the council's direct labour department in some parts of the borough and in others by a private contractor, the contract being put out to tender. In either case the householder pays for the actual cost of the works.
I am told that the contract is tendered for annually in April and that neither the direct labour charges nor those of the contractor have been increased since the beginning of the prices and incomes standstill.