HC Deb 30 November 1936 vol 318 cc900-1
Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

I beg to move, in page 9, line 27, at the end, to insert:

"and the councils by whom such functions are discharged at the commencement of this Act."

I understand that at a conference held this month the view was held and the assurance given that the repair of the roads during the preliminary period of two years would be carried out by the same highway authority as at present, and if the Minister will confirm that view, I shall be very glad to withdraw the Amendment.

Captain HUDSON

Proviso (a) of Sub-section (4) requires that the Minister shall consult with such associations as appear to the Minister to represent the councils to whom functions to be assigned thereunder. Those words, I am informed, mean precisely the same as those which my hon. and gallant Friend proposes to insert. The Minister intends to consult the County Council's Association of England, Wales and Scotland, the Association of Municipal Corporations, the Non-County Boroughs Association and the Urban District Councils Association.

Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

In view of that assurance, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Motion made, and Question, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill," put, and agreed to.