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Wednesday, 28 September 1949

Dr GAHA (DENISON, TASMANIA) - Will the Minister for Works and Housing say whether it isa fact that the Government is calling for tenders in Europe relative to prefab:ricated houses? Has the Minister investigated the suitability of prefabricated houses so as to ascertain whether they can be built more expeditiously and' cheaply than orthodox houses, and whether their maintenance costs arehigher? I ask that question because, in a recent investigation in London which covered eleven different types, T learned that they cannot be built more cheaply or expeditiously and that their maintenance costs are higher than those of orthodox houses. Before coming to any finality in the matter will the Minister either personally visit London or cause an investigation to be made regarding the suitability of these houses from all aspects?

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