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Road Improvements, Sutherland

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Transport why none of the Sutherland roads scheduled for improvement under the Crofter Counties scheme have been completed, while 50 per cent. completion has been achieved on the scheme as a whole; why only 3¾ per cent. has been commenced; and what is the reason for this discrimination against the County of Sutherland.

Seventy-five miles out of the 207 miles of roads in Sutherland scheduled to the Crofter Counties Programme were completed before the war, that is 36 per cent. to compare with the 50 per cent. quoted by the hon. Member for the scheme as a whole. Work on a further five miles of these roads in Sutherland has been put in hand since the war. There has been no discrimination against Sutherland, but the strictly limited resources available since the war have been allocated according to need, which varies from county to county.