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Industrialised Building

Volume 722: debated on Tuesday 21 December 1965

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what are the contract prices accepted by local authorities for the construction of houses by industrialised building methods; and how these compare with the contract prices for the construction of conventional houses in similar areas and of similar types.

Tender prices, both for traditional and industrialised methods, vary considerably between regions. For England and Wales as a whole, however, average costs, per sq. ft. of dwellings included in local authority and new town tenders approved during the first nine months of 1965 are as follows:

IndustrialisedTraditional
s.d.s.d.
Houses and Bungalows585610
Flats in 2–4 storeys7537410
Flats in 5 or more storeys981040
Generally, tender prices for 1965 as compared with 1964 show that industrialised building has improved its competitive position for each of the three categories of dwelling mentioned above, and the measures which my right hon. Friend announced on 7th December should result in further improvement.