War Damage Repairs, Glasgow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 10th February 1942.

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Mr. McKinley:

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how the completed costs of the war damage repairs to owner-occupied houses carried out by the Glasgow Corporation housing department compare with the estimates from private contractors whose offer he did not accept?

Mr. Johnston:

Comparable figures are available for six owner-occupied houses, on which the Housing Department of Glasgow Corporation carried out repairs at a total cost of £927. The private contractors, to whom the Corporation proposed to pay actual cost plus 17½ per cent. on labour and 15 per cent. on materials estimated that the total cost would be £1,420. On the assumption that their estimate was approximately correct, the saving to the public on the repair of these six houses is nearly £500.

Mr. McKinley:

Will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to make use of this—the largest building organisation in Scotland?

Mr. Johnston:

As my hon. Friend is aware, I have to press the Corporation of Glasgow to make this use.