§ Sir W. Smithers
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings how many hutted camps for agricultural workers it is proposed to erect; what will be the average cost per head; and whether the contract has been put out to competitive tender?
§ Mr. Hicks
The Minister of Agriculture has asked my Department to build in England and Wales some 280 hostels for about 12,000 agricultural workers. The average cost is expected to be £ 130 per head exclusive of cost of sites which at present are held upon requisition only. Furnishing is estimated to cost an additional £ 15 per head. Competitive tenders are being obtained in all cases.