HC Deb 16 December 1958 vol 597 cc930-1
23. Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what special Government assistance will be given in the case of unadopted roads, where the frontages are owned by old-age pensioners who are not in a position to pay councils their charges for making them up if they adopt them.

Mr. Bevins

I am afraid I have nothing to add to the reply I gave on 18th November to my hon. Friend the Member for Essex, South-East (Mr. Braine).

Mr. Ridsdale

Is my hon. Friend aware that the cost per foot frontage in 1939 was 25s. and that today it is about£4 10s.? Can he not do something more to help those people who bought their houses in 1939 and who as old-age pensioners would find even a few shillings a great expense? Can he do something to help them?

Mr. Bevins

My right hon. Friend recognises that there are hard cases in this matter, and we are currently examining various categories of hard cases with a view to seeing whether it is desirable to take action.

Mr. Mitchison

Is there not a great deal to do with unadopted roads which needs to be considered?