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War Economy

Defence Works by the Housing Construction Department

Defence Works by the Housing Construction Department

Rather less detail is available for work arranged by the Housing Construction Department. No defence construction expenditure was incurred by the Department until 1939–40.

Financial Year Expenditure by Housing Construction Department on Defence Works £(000)
1939–40 27
1940–41 124
1941–42 29
1942–43 773
1943–44 1,754
1944–45 414
1945–46 69
total 3,189

This expenditure has been subdivided into:

Prefabricated buildings for overseas 1,596
Aircraft Dispersal Pens 480
War Workers' Hostels 463
Army Huts 304
Houses and Hostels for Army and RNZAF 162
Camouflage 157
Timber Salvage, etc. 20
Miscellaneous 7
total 3,189

Work for the United States Forces, which is included in this table, was valued at £1,098,000, mostly prefabricated huts for use in New Zealand or to be transported overseas.