HC Deb 21 March 1923 vol 161 cc2540-1
34. Mr. HARRIS

asked the Minister of Labour what main roads are being constructed, with the aid of the London County Council and the Unemployment Grants Committee, on which London men are being employed; what is the probable cost of such schemes; how many men were being employed on such roads in January and February; and how many men are now being employed on them?


I have been asked to answer this question, which, I understand, refers to the arterial roads which are being executed by the Ministry of Transport and to which the London County Council are contributing. As the answer is somewhat lengthy and detailed, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Road. Mileage. Total Estimated Cost. No. of men employed drawn from L.C.C. area.
Average for January,1923. Average for February,1923. Average for March, 1923.(First two weeks.)
London— Southend Road (Contract No. 1). 20 1,150,000 553 448 329
London—Purfleet Road (Contract No. 1). 400,000 503 454 422
London— Dover Road—
(a) Dartford — Gravesend Section. 2 70,000 13 7 5
(b) Gravesend—Strood Section. 240,000 234 214 228
London—Folkestone Road—
(a) Sideup— Farningham Section. 6 260,000 595 357 226
(b) Farningham—Wrotham 6 185,000 365 311 313
Watling Street—
Dartford—Strood 11½ 760,000 1,266 1,187 1,135
59 3,065,000 3,529 2,978 2,658

In addition to the above works, the following schemes will be put in hand in the near future, the unskilled labour being drawn, as before, from the area of the London County Council:

Road. Approximate Cost.
Sidcup By-Pass 162,000
Purfleet-Tilbury Road 273,000
Kingston By-Pass 503,000
Sutton By-Pass 281,000