Householders (Road Charges)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce amending legislation to enable local authorities to provide roads and pavements without direct charge for persons providing their own homes under owner-occupier schemes; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Local authorities already have power to meet the whole or part of the cost where they consider it appropriate.

Photo of Mr James Dempsey Mr James Dempsey , Coatbridge and Airdrie

Will this be made perfectly clear to local authorities? Recently, a conference of the Labour movement decided in favour of such an amendment of the existing law. In view of this development, will my right hon. Friend ensure that what he has now indicated is made clear beyond ambiguity to all local authorities so that they know they have such powers and financial permission?

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

Yes, Sir; I am surprised that it has not already been made clear. It may well be that these questions and answers will help to that end.