§ 44. Sir J. SPEAR
asked the Secretary to the Local Government Board ' what is the amount of money now in the hands of the Road Board, other than the sum advanced on loan to road authorities; and will he cause money from the fund to be handed over to road authorities for the repair of damage caused by military traffic consequent on the War?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
The amount in the Board's hands is a6bout £3,800,000, but this sum does not represent the free balance now available for new schemes, as substantial Grants out of it have already been promised to local authorities. In so far as payments are due from public funds in respect of military damage to roads, they will be made from Army funds, and not from the Road Improvement Fund, and such payments have already been sanctioned to the extent of £770,000.