HC Deb 14 June 1955 vol 542 c421
44 Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government (1) if, in conjunction with the local authority associations, he will set up a committee of inquiry into the operation of the Private Street Works Act, 1892, with a view to discovering ways and means of bringing private streets under public ownership and control more speedily.

(2) if he will call for a report from all local authorities on the number and conditions of private streets in their areas and the problems which confront them in planning the repair and adoption of these streets, with a view to introducing legislation to assist them;

(3) what form of control he exercises over the amount spent and the work planned by local authorities under the Private Street Works Act, 1892.

The Minister of Housing and Local Government (Mr. Duncan Sandys)

As I have already stated, I am prepared at any time to discuss any difficulties with the local authority associations if they so desire. Unless it is financed by loan, I exercise no control over expenditure on private street work.