HC Deb 04 November 1948 vol 457 cc1011-2
22. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of Health why he will not consider making a firm allocation of the sum of £4,500 towards the sewage disposal scheme for the parishes of Hensington Without and Wootton, which sum was provisionally allocated on 3rd April, 1947, in view of the difficulty of local authorities making firm decisions if such support is not made definite.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)

A grant of £4,500 was fixed provisionally in this instance on the understanding that the local authority were about to incur further expenditure on another scheme. This has not yet matured, and the amount of grant was reduced accordingly.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Will the Minister see whether he cannot make this grant, which was originally made, available to the local authority? Is it not much more important that this work should be done than the road work, in respect of which a large amount is being spent by the Ministry of Transport?

Mr. Bevan

If expenditure is incurred in the preparation of a larger scheme, I will, of course, take that into account.