HC Deb 23 February 1914 vol 58 c1405
60. Mr. PETO

had given notice of the following question: To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether the Swindon Corporation propose to introduce a Bill for the abandonment of the Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal; and whether the Board of Trade intend to take any steps to prevent the further dilapidation and abandonment of such waterways as exist in this country, particularly in view of the extended use of motor traction for conveyance of goods on canals?


Before my right hon. Friend answers that question, may I ask whether he is aware that the canal in question is derelict, that it passes through a crowded part of Swindon, and that the public health authority of that district has long endeavoured to get rid of this danger to public health?


I would ask the hon. Gentleman (Mr. Peto) to postpone this question. I shall be pleased to answer it to-morrow.