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Prefabricated Houses

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 8 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health if the figures quoted in the White Paper on Temporary Housing, Cmd. 6686, as estimated cost of the eight different types of prefabricated houses are exactly comparable with the charges that any local authority or private builder would have to incur when building a permanent house for either £1,300 or £1,200 within and without the London area.

No, Sir. As pointed out in the White Paper, these estimates do not include the cost of land, roads and sewers which are included in the maximum cost or selling price applicable to houses built under licence by private builders. In the case of permanent houses built by local authorities control of cost is secured by means of the statutory provisions for loan sanction and subsidy.