HC Deb 01 December 1953 vol 521 cc952-3
55. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will bring forward legislation to amend the Private Street Works Act, 1892, so as to provide authority and financial grants to local authorities to make up unmade roads where such roads are in a dangerous condition.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Ernest Marples)

No, Sir.

Mr. Swingler

Will not the Parliamentary Secretary reconsider that answer? Is he not aware that the procedure under the 1892 Act is quite archaic? Is it not his policy to encourage local authorities to step in and take over these streets, which in some cases are very dangerous in developing housing estates? Will he not review this matter?

Mr. Marples

The local authorities already have power to make up streets at the expense of the frontagers, and in many cases they are so doing.