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Volume 643: debated on Wednesday 28 June 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the County Councils Assciation has made it clear that county authorities in general are ready to back from rateable income a gross classified road programme substantially greater than is possible under the Government grants at present contemplated; to what extent he is prepared to increase the grants; and to what extent his proposed grant in 1962–63 to the County of Leicestershire of £173,000 for road schemes falls short of the amount which the county have notified him that it is prepared to back from rateable income over the next three years.

I am aware of the views of the County Councils Association. The three-year programme which I have announced, and to which I have at present nothing to add, reflects the policy of giving priority to urban schemes. With regard to the last part of the Question, the Leicestershire County Council proposed schemes to a grant value of £725,000 in 1962–63 and 1963–64.