HC Deb 10 December 1991 vol 200 cc362-3W
Mr. George Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will provide his estimate of the current average construction cost for(a) a council house in each of his Department's regions and (b) a housing association house in each housing corporation region.

Mr. Yeo

The average construction costs, based on accepted tenders, of council houses and bungalows—excluding flats—in each of the Department's regions for the year July 1990 to June 1991 were:

North 43,400
Yorkshire and Humberside 40,400
East Midlands 33,400
Eastern 43,300
Greater London 71,500
South East 47,900
South West 40,200
West Midlands 37,700
North West (including Cumbria) 54,900

The figures available for housing associations represent the total cost, including land acquisition and on-costs, and cover flats as well. They are not therefore directly comparable with those for council property. With that proviso, the average unit costs for housing association self-contained new build schemes approved under the Housing Corporation's approved development programme in the year April 1990 to March 1991 were:

Average total unit cost £ Average public funded cost £
London and Home Counties (North East) 96,900 80,400
London and Home Counties (North West) 111,200 92,900
London and Home Counties (South) 89,700 73,500
West Region 62,900 49,400
East Midlands 54,900 41,100
West Midlands 54,600 39,500
North East 52,400 39,200
North West 54,000 40,700
Merseyside 55,300 42,300