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Road Maintenance (Reduced Grants)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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103.

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the increased repairs which are necessary owing to the adverse winter conditions and the increase in traffic on the roads, he will reconsider his request for a reduction in the estimates for road maintenance in Lancashire during the current financial year.

I regret that my right hon. Friend can hold out no hope of increasing the grants available for road maintenance.

104.

asked the Minister of Transport if he will so fortify the Road Fund that it will suffice to enable grants to be made to local highway authorities, calculated upon the full amount of their essential expenditure in 1947–48 in overtaking arrears of maintenance so far as the requisite labour and materials are available.

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer my right hon. Friend gave yesterday to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for West Leicester (Mr. Janner).