HC Deb 23 April 1951 vol 487 cc17-8
39. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Transport in how many road repairs and replacements for which he was responsible during the last two years, wooden blocks have been laid as a road surface.

Mr. Barnes

No wood blocks have been used during the last two years for repairs and replacements on trunk roads for which I am responsible. On other roads wood blocks have not been used for repairing any substantial lengths, but only for patching roads already paved with that material, and for some bridges. The Barton Swing Bridge, 65 yards in length was repaired with wood blocks last year.

Mr. Shepherd

What is the right hon. Gentleman doing to prevent the use of this lethal surface by local authorities?

Mr. Barnes

My reply clearly demonstrates that that process is not continuing.