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Brick Prices, Dorset

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that local authorities in Dorset have to pay higher prices for the delivery of bricks by the British Transport Commission than would be the case if they were able to have them delivered by private hauliers; and since this increases the cost of local housing schemes, whether he will make representations to the Transport Commission to have these prices reduced.

The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." As regards the second part, if a local authority feel that the British Transport Commission's charges are too high they should take the matter up with the Commission.

Is the Minister aware that in one village the cost of housing has been put up by £392 as a result of these charges?

I believe that the particular scheme about which the hon. Member has complained in correspondence has been passed on to the Commission for investigation.