asked the Minister of Transport if he will introduce legislation to make it possible for a local authority to erect cattle grids on a public highway.
My right hon. Friend is in favour of such legislation and is awaiting a suitable opportunity for introducing it.
Is my hon. Friend aware that many projects for increasing food production are held up because there are no grids on roads over places like Exmoor, and could he, pending the introduction of legislation, ask the local authorities to get their plans and estimates ready so that there shall be as little delay as possible?
Some highway authorities have already constructed the grids, assuming the legal position: and, without prejudice to the legality of the matter, my right hon. Friend is prepared to consider grants in certain cases.