Trunk Roads (Lighting Schemes)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1958.

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Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Morecambe and Lonsdale 12:00 am, 13th May 1958

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will consider using his powers, or taking powers, to pay for street lighting on trunk roads from central funds, thus relieving parishes of financial obligations which are beyond their means.

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend, the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, already has powers to pay grants on approved lighting schemes on trunk roads. My hon. Friend will realise that parish councils' lighting powers are permissive and not obligatory.

Photo of Sir Ian Fraser Sir Ian Fraser , Morecambe and Lonsdale

Yes, Sir, but is not it a fact that a parish council is a small and poor local government unit, that it is really only capable of lighting village streets, and that, when it is required to light on the standard of a main road, it should have much more help from the central Government in the national interest?

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

That may be, but that is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport.