HC Deb 26 February 1934 vol 286 c751
48. Lieut.-Colonel MOORE

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the proposals of the Manchester Corporation to lay out new roads with wide grass verges and to take powers to prevent the use of such margins by pedestrians and riders if they are held to be ornamental; whether he is satisfied that adequate provision is, or will be, made for the safety and accommodation of pedestrians and riders by additional margins; and, if not, whether he will withhold any grant-in-aid of these new roads until he is satisfied on this point?

Captain AUSTIN HUDSON (Lord of the Treasury)

The proposals for dealing with grass margins contained in the Manchester Corporation (General Powers) Bill will only be allowed if Parliament thinks fit, and I observe that the Bill has been set down for consideration by a Select Committee of this House on 13th March. The question of a grant from the Road Fund does not at present arise.

Lieut.-Colonel MOORE

Does my hon. and gallant Friend think that in any case it is suitable for a corporation to make verges beside roads and then forbid them to be used for horse and pedestrian traffic?

Captain HUDSON

I have information that the Manchester Corporation are prepared to amend the Clause.


Is it not the case that the Manchester Corporation gave an undertaking to some of us who were blocking the Bill that they would amend this Clause?

Captain HUDSON

That is so.