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Main Roads (Metropolis)

Volume 52: debated on Thursday 24 April 1913

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asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the general scheme for the improvement of the main roads in and out of London is in the hands of the Board of Trade; that such money as might be available for this purpose is at the disposal of the Road Board; that the limited control over the town-planning schemes, as regards the adoption of the general road scheme, lies with the Local Government Board; and whether he will, before it is too late, take steps to empower some central authority to assume undivided responsibility in this matter, in view of its importance to the Metropolis.

I think it important that the Departments named should keep in touch with each other and co-operate so far as possible in dealing with these questions, but I do not at present see my way to propose legislation setting up a central body such as is suggested.

Will the right hon. Gentleman take any steps to bring the three Departments into consultation with each other?