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Private Enterptise

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 29 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Health on what basis he estimates that private builders can provide traditional two-storey, fully-equipped brick houses, containing floor space of approximately 1,000 square feet divided into three bedrooms, a livingroom, dining-kitchen, scullery and bathroom, complete with land and servicing for £1,200 or less, while the Government's own estimate for its aluminium bungalow which has approximately 650 superficial square feet floor space divided into two bedrooms, a living-room, kitchen, bathroom and shed without land and servicing is £1,365.

:The maximum selling price of £1,200 for a traditional house of 1,000 square feet superficial area was fixed after careful consideration of the information available as to current building prices. No direct comparison can be made between the cost of building a traditional house and the cost of producing an aluminium house.

asked the Minister of Health whether local authorities are limited to the £1,300, £1,200 total cost for the typical Dudley Report, Government house, or does this only apply to private builders.

These costs apply specifically to private builders. I propose to publish in due course figures relating to prices approved in contracts let by local authorities.