43. Wing-Commander James
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works precisely what items caused the rise of 25 per cent. in building costs, which occurred between 18th March, 1943, and 2nd June, 1943?
§ Mr. Hicks
I regret that it is not possible to state precisely the items that have contributed to the rise in the cost of building. Periodical comparisons of the total costs of works carried out show the general trend, but there is great variation in regard to the different types of building and construction. My Noble Friend in referring last month to a rise of 105 per cent. had in mind the construction of agricultural cottages built in isolated pairs or fours in small villages all over the country.
In view of the great importance of the country knowing how this rise in costs has occurred, can I be given information if I put down a Question at a later date?
§ Mr. Austin Hopkinson
Is not the main cause of the rise in building costs the policy of the Ministry of Works about labour?
In order to give the hon. Gentleman a chance to reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.