§ 14. Sir Waldron Smithers
asked the Secretary of State for War what action is being taken to apportion the blame and to penalise those at fault for the construction of part of a road at a certain military camp which has sunk owing to faulty construction, necessitating the work being done twice over?
§ Mr. Law
I understand that my hon. Friend refers to a case where a short length of the new part of a road which was being widened subsided and had to be remade. The subsidence was caused by the fact that the widening had to be done over a sewer, the trench of which was filled in when the road was originally made a year ago. The extra expense amounted to £20. The extent to which any blame can rightly be apportioned to any individual is being examined.
§ Sir W. Smithers
Is the hon. Member not aware that this was gross carelessness, and is he quite sure—I will take his word for it—that the damage amounted to only £20?