HC Deb 05 May 1967 vol 746 c141W
Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the estimated cost of the new hospital and medical school at Ninewells, Dundee, has increased by 50 per cent. since the original estimates were published.

Mr. Ross

The figure of £10.2 million first published in the Civil Estimates for 1963–64 was the cost target which had been set in 1961 on the basis of sketch plans, and included fees but not equipment. When the last major tenders had been accepted in March, 1964, the corresponding figure was £11.4 million, reflecting increases in wages and prices of materials, the inclusion of some fixed equipment in the building contract, under-estimation in the earlier figure of some contractual items, offset by savings which had been made in the earlier schedules and plans. The estimate of £15.3 million given in the Civil Estimates for 1967–68, includes in addition £1.6 million for movable equipment, £1.2 million for the effect over the duration of the contract of the increases in prices and wages that have taken place since it was let, £0.65 million for approved additions including a radiotherapy department, and £0.44 million for miscellaneous items such as site supervisory staff, partial reimbursement of selective employment tax, temporary buildings for testing and commissioning purposes, etc.

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