§ SIR EARDLEY WILMOT
asked the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Whether the streets and roads of the Metropolis are under any general Government supervision; and whether complaints have reached him of the bad condition of many of the Metropolitan roads in consequence of the indifferent materials used in their repair, and especially from the use of the circular pebble and gravel instead of broken stone, and of lumps of much larger size than those of two-inch diameter invariably adopted by Mr. Macadam in his construction of roads.
§ SIR JAMES M'GAREL-HOGG
Sir the streets and roads of the Metropolis are not under Government supervision, nor are they under the supervision of the Metropolitan Board of Works. They are under the supervision of the respective Vestries and District Boards of the Metropolis. As regards complaints of indifferent materials, I do not recollect any complaint as to circular pebble and gravel instead of broken stone; but now and then I have had complaints of the 697 bad state of the roads in the Metropolis, and whenever I have had such complaints I have always taken care that they were forwarded to the Vestries or District Boards responsible for the proper maintenance of the roads. I have also taken care that the representatives of those districts who are on the Metropolitan Board should have notice given them, so that they might see into the matter.