HC Deb 01 November 1939 vol 352 c1918
36. Brigadier-General Clifton Brown

asked the Minister of Transport what has been the cost of planting rose trees and shrubs along the Crawley by-pass road, including cost of labour, fencing, petrol, oil and lorries, which are still being used there for that purpose?

Captain Wallace

The total cost of planting the trees and shrubs on the Crawley by-pass, including all labour, protective fencing and haulage, is estimated at £1,900. The bulk of this expenditure, including that for the trees and shrubs, the preparation of the ground and the fixing of the protective fencing, was incurred before the outbreak of war.

Brigadier-General Brown

Could my right hon. and gallant Friend give an assurance that until the war is over he will not sanction any such unnecessary expenditure in any similar road schemes that may be put before him for consideration?

Captain Wallace

I hope I shall not sanction any unnecessary expenditure.