Hostels (Cost)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17 November 1949.

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Photo of Sir Gifford Fox Sir Gifford Fox , Henley 12:00, 17 November 1949

asked the Minister of Agriculture the cost per head per week of persons in hostels under his control last month; and how this figure compares with the cost for the same period 12 months ago.

Mr. T. Williams:

The average cost in recent months has been about £1 15s. 9d. per head per week as compared with approximately £1 15s. in 1948. These figures are for operating costs, and do not include costs of providing and maintaining the hostels.

Photo of Sir Gifford Fox Sir Gifford Fox , Henley

Can the Minister say how the cost of food comes into those figures?

Mr. Williams:

I am afraid I did not catch the hon. Member's question.

Photo of Sir Gifford Fox Sir Gifford Fox , Henley

What is the cost of food per week, separated from those figures?

Mr. Williams:

I believe the cost of food is included in this figure of £1 15s. 9d., as well as all the other domestic accommodation within the hostel.

Photo of Sir Gifford Fox Sir Gifford Fox , Henley

asked the Minister of Agriculture the cost of bread per week per head of people living in hostels under his control at the present time and a week prior to devaluation respectively.

Mr. T. Williams:

The cost of bread per person in agricultural hostels averages 2s. 2d. per week at the present time, as compared with 1s. 9¾d. before devaluation.