HC Deb 12 May 1890 vol 344 c683
MR. ASQUITH (Fife, E.)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the proceedings and resolutions of a Conference of Representatives of Police Burghs, held at Glasgow on the 10th April last, on the subject of the management and repair of roads and streets; whether it is a fact that there are 88 Police Burghs in Scotland which are subject to the county road assessment, but in which the larger part of the roads and streets is not maintained or repaired by the County Road Authority: whether, in the case of many of these burghs, the sum raised by the county road assessment is much in excess of the expenditure incurred by the County Road Authority upon the highways within the burghs; and whether, having regard to the gravity and extent of the injustice inflicted upon ratepayers in police burghs by the present state of the law, Her Majesty's Government is prepared to take any, and what, steps to give effect to the resolutions of the Conference, or otherwise to remove the grievance complained of?


I must refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on the 28th of last month, to a question on the same subject. I observe, also, that the hon. Member for North Ayrshire has introduced a Bill dealing with the subject, which will in this way be brought under the consideration of Parliament.