Bristol

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 Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central 12:00 am, 2nd November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware that the Bristol City Council has prepared a five-year plan which is considered the minimum required to reduce the congestion of traffic on the roads in the city which amounts to £3 million; that the grant authorised by him for road improvement this year is only £41,000, and that this is inadequate; and if he will take steps to substantially increase this amount.

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

I am aware of the plan of the city council. I am afraid I cannot increase the amount of grant this year.

Photo of Mr Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central

Has the Minister estimated, as he has reduced the estimates, how long it will take the Bristol City Council to complete its five-year plan?

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

The estimates to which the hon. Member refers as having been reduced are, of course, the estimates of the council. Within the financial limits, I have done my best to meet them in respect of grant. I do appreciate that Bristol has very considerable problems.

Photo of Mr Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central

Will the Minister reconsider the very substantial reduction made in the grant?

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

I should like notice of any allegations of reductions in specific grants.