Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Building Material Costs.

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asked the Minister for Local Government how much, on average, increases during the past year in the price of cement, concrete and concrete blocks have added to the cost of houses.

It is estimated that increases in the prices of these materials increased the cost of a house by an average of roughly £50 over the past year.

On what value house?

The average house.

What does that mean?

It means an average house. I will not at this stage of the evening take out a pencil and calculate the cheapest and the dearest and find an average. It is an exercise the Deputy could do next week.

Can the Parliamentary Secretary not give the percentage?

Could the Parliamentary Secretary say how many blocks perhaps?

The average house. The question was:

How much, on average, increases during the past year in the price of cement, concrete and concrete blocks have added to the cost of houses.

If the Deputy puts down a question next week asking to have the information on the increase in the cost of a £4,000 house, £5,000 house, I will give him that. He did not ask for it.

The Parliamentary Secretary was not asked for the increase on the average house.

He has read it wrongly.