§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give details of the total estimate of expenditure received by his Department from the London borough of Hillingdon for the construction of Uxbridge Health Centre; what sum has been approved for this project; and what are the reasons for any difference between the original estimate and the amount approved.
§ Mr. Alison
An initial estimate submitted in September 1971 of £181,618 was revised to £176,400 in June 1972. My Department's cost limit for approval was £125,425 with the possibility of adjustments at tender stage. The lowest tender received was for £283,097. This is too high for a building of the type and size proposed even on present prices. My right hon. Friend is prepared to approve loan sanction in the sum of £230,000 plus fees.