HC Deb 06 April 1971 vol 815 cc104-5W
Sir R. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what research is being undertaken into reducing the cost of building flats, office blocks or multi-storey car parks over railways in London and other cities and towns, in view of the shortage and high cost of land.

Mr. Amery

There is no specific research being undertaken in my Department on the reduction of costs of buildings over railways. The research undertaken by my Department on construction generally will assist in making such buildings less costly but the main reasons for their high cost are the special precautions and difficulties dictated by the need not to hinder railway operations.