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.
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.
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?
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.