Rpair and Maintenance

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 January 1959.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Prentice Mr Reginald Prentice , East Ham North 12:00, 28 January 1959

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what steps he is taking to assist local authorities to spend more money on the repair and maintenance of existing roads.

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

I hope to be able to give greater help to highway authorities for this kind of work in the coming year.

Photo of Mr Reginald Prentice Mr Reginald Prentice , East Ham North

Will the Minister confirm that the total maintenance grants in the current year are less than they were last year? Has he seen the survey, in a booklet entitled "Stitch in Time" published by the British Road Federation, in which attention is directed to the serious situation resulting from lack of maintenance of the road network?

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

I do not disagree with what the hon. Member said about the current year and the past year. I said that I should be able to give greater help in the coming year.