Lombard Street Relaying (Rubber Blocks).

Oral Answers to Questions — War Transport. – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Parker Mr John Parker , Romford

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport why certain sections of Lombard Street, E.C., are now being relaid with rubber blocks in view of the rubber shortage?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

The blocks being used are either removed from the previous road surface or drawn from existing stocks. The percentage of rubber is small and is not worth recovering for other use.

Photo of Mr John Parker Mr John Parker , Romford

Surely, if there are stocks of these rubber blocks, they could be used for making aeroplane runways or for other purposes connected with the national effort?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

I am informed that the percentage of rubber in the blocks is very small and that the cost of recovering it would not justify the effort.