HC Deb 02 April 1919 vol 114 cc1204-5
94. Mr. MOLES

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the Road Board has received an application from the Belfast City Council for a Grant from the funds of the Road Board in aid of a large scheme of road maintenance, reconstruction, and improvements in- volving an outlay of £120,000, and that the Road Board has met this proposal with the offer of a Grant of £12,000; whether he is aware that Belfast has been the largest contributor of Motor Duties in Ireland for years; and whether, as the Road Board has offered a Grant of £58,000 to Sheffield, a city with 5 miles less of roads than Belfast, he will reconsider the Belfast application with a view to making a more equitable Grant?


The Road Board have agreed to make a Grant from the Road Improvement Fund of 50 per cent. towards the cost of road improvements in Belfast, approximating £24,000. The total amount now available for Grants in Ireland from the fund is £236,000, and it is considered that the case of Belfast has been adequately and fairly met.


Is this another Treasury trick?

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