HC Deb 08 February 1939 vol 343 c943
54. Mr. Pilkington

asked the Minister of Transport whether the Lancashire motorway is to be sanctioned; and, if so, when work on it is to begin?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Captain Austin Hudson)

In present circumstances my right hon. Friend is not able to undertake, or to encourage the Lancashire County Council to undertake, the preparatory work necessary for submitting a proposal of this character for the approval of Parliament.

Mr. Pilkington

In view of the fact that such a road would decrease the growing traffic congestion and that its construction would give employment to large numbers of men, will the Minister not reconsider that decision?

Captain Hudson

It is a very extensive project, costing £5,000,000 or £6,000,000, and my right hon. Friend feels that it is scarcely the time to embark on such an expenditure.