HC Deb 22 April 1926 vol 194 cc1386-7

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consider, when allocating the sum of £750,000 granted for the upkeep of rural roads, giving a preference to those councils who use only British granite and materials?

Colonel ASHLEY

The use of British road materials is urged upon ail highway authorities receiving grants from the Road Fund, but I do not consider that the assistance to be given to rural roads should be qualified by the suggested preferential terms.


Does my right hon. Friend not think that this would be a way in which the Government could give a lead in regard to the purchase of British material?

Colonel ASHLEY

We are doing our best to urge local authorities to use British material, but the ultimate responsibility must rest with the local authorities.


Would this proposal not enable the owners of British granite quarries to make bigger profits on their products?