HC Deb 03 April 1933 vol 276 c1429
59. Mr. POTTER

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will take steps to see that those responsible for the roadway obstruction at the junction of Berkeley Street and Piccadilly, near Devonshire House, remove their excavation equipment, in view of the fact that it has been a hindrance to traffic for more than a year?

Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM

The obstruction at the junction of Berkeley Street and Piccadilly is due in part to the operations of the Underground Company, for which they obtained statutory powers and over which I have no control, and in part to the work in connection with the installation of traffic signals at this junction. The latter work has been expedited as much as possible, and should be completed in a day or two.

The amounts of the General Exchequer Grants as provisionally calculated, payable to the local authorities in question in respect of the years 1932–33 and 1933–34, and the rate in the £ to which such amounts are equivalent, are set out in the following Table:—
Amount payable in respect of 1932–33. Amount payable in respect of 1933–34.
As a sum of money. As a rate in the £. As a sum of money. As a rate in the £.
s. d. s. d.
Jarrow B. 16,786 3 5 15,956 3 3
Felling-on-Tyne U.D. 10,169 2 11 9,276 2 8
Hebburn U.D. 15,114 4 8 14,559 4 6
In addition to the above payments, these local authorities, together with the other local authorities in the Administrative County of Durham, benefit through the General County Rate in the amounts of the Grant payable to the County Council. These amounts are, as provisionally calculated, £1,124,144 In respect of the year 1932–33, and £1,156,325 in respect of the year 1933–34, representing rates of 7s. 11d. and 8s. 1d. in the £ respectively.