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Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

(1) what recent assessment he has made of the costs of building (a) pre- fabricated houses and flats and (b) non-pre-fabricated permanent houses and flats;

(2) what recent discussions he has held with the house building industry on the merits of pre-fabricated housing.

Photo of Stephen Byers Stephen Byers Secretary of State, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

It is not the normal practice of Governments to release details of specific meetings with private individuals or companies.

The Government do not hold benchmark costings on the difference between modular and traditional build. The Peabody Trust have said that their pioneering modular development at Murray Grove was slightly more expensive than a similar sized traditional build development. Costs could be expected to fall with greater volume in further developments.

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