§ Mr. STANIER
asked what clause of the road improvement part of the Development Act, 1909, enables the Commissioners to make the local authorities add 25 per cent. to the contribution given by the Board for road improvements; and if this rule is always carried out in every case?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE
The assistance which the Road Board have been able to give to proposed works of road improvement has in every case taken the form of a contribution to the total cost, but there is no obligation on a local authority to whom a grant is offered to proceed with the proposed work if the grant is not accepted.