Middlesex

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Roger Cooke Mr Roger Cooke , Twickenham 12:00 am, 2nd November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation why he has allocated only £290,000 in grant to the Middlesex County Council for major road improvements towards their programme of £1,984,700 for the year 1955–56.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

The funds available do not permit me to authorise all the work which highway authorities would like to undertake, and I consider £290,000 a fair allocation to Middlesex, taking into account also the needs of other areas.

Photo of Mr Roger Cooke Mr Roger Cooke , Twickenham

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the average Exchequer grant to the Middlesex County Council before the war for roads was about £400,000, which today would be worth about £800,000? Does he hold out any hope of getting nearer to pre-war conditions next year?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I must not commit myself with respect to the grant to a particular county before I have considered all the applications, but I very much welcome the initiative which the Middlesex County Council is showing in getting ahead with road schemes.