§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Public Building and Works (1) what directive has been issued regarding heating and cooking installations in new married quarters for the armed services;
(2) what representations he has received from the nationalised fuel industries with regard to the fuel systems to be used in the new married quarters for the armed services.33W
§ Mr. Prentice
In the last year or so my Ministry has received several representations from a nationalised fuel industry either inquiring why its fuel was not chosen for a particular married quarters scheme or suggesting it as an alternative. My Ministry's policy is to consider for each scheme the costs of all practicable methods of heating and cooking available. Normally the one chosen is the cheapest to buy and install, provided that the running costs to the occupants will be reasonable. However, preference is given to solid fuel where this is suitable and where the total cost, including installation and running costs, is estimated to be within 5 per cent. of the next cheapest alternative.