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Subsidies (Iron And Steel Costs)

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 7 April 1949

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asked the Minister of Health whether he will give an estimate as to the additional cost to the building of a house arising from the increases in the price of iron and steel; and whether he will increase the subsidies to local authorities in order to meet this additional expenditure.

The additional cost for an average house would be trifling. On the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to Section 16 of the Housing (Financial and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1946.

Has the right hon. Gentleman taken into consideration the additional cost, which is trifling, and also the question of flats? More may be required.