asked the Minister of Transport if any contracts are in course of completion or have recently been signed for new roads with a surface similar to that of the new Great North Road south of Wansford; and, if so, whether he can see his way to cancel such contracts, having regard to the fact that roads with a smooth surface of that kind are highly dangerous to motor traffic in wet weather?
I am not in possession of particulars of contracts entered into for the surfacing of new roads throughout the country, nor have I power to cancel such contracts. Instructions have, however, been give to the engineering staff of my Department to call the attention of highway authorities to the matter?
Surely the hon. Gentleman is not going to allow his Department to stand by while the lives and limbs of people are disked owing to the surface of these roads? [Interruption.] They are lorry-workers, who have to earn their living.
No experiments have been conducted by my Department on this length of road, but arrangements are being made for the trial of certain expedients designed to imp rave the foothold under adverse weather conditions?
The difficulty is that the opportunity of making experiments is very limited, because I have not yet very much power, but the experiments will be made by experts.