HC Deb 21 June 1961 vol 642 cc1463-4
40. Mr. P. Browne

asked the Minister of Transport if he now expects to re-allocate funds at his disposal in order to increase the amount of grant available to the Devon County Authority for the years 1961–62 and 1962–63 above the figure of £203,000 for the financial year 1960–61.

Mr. Marples

No, Sir. The three year programme which I have announced reflects the priority for urban schemes which I consider essential.

Mr. Browne

Does my right hon. Friend realise that this is an extremely unsatisfactory reply? Does he appreciate that those of us in the West Country consider that we have been having far too small an allocation of the funds available for the improvement of west country roads? Will my right hon. Friend please do something about it?

Mr. Marples

The Question refers to the Devon County Council. There have been substantial and expensive classified road schemes approved for grant in Plymouth and Exeter, and more are included in the rolling programme. Those are two of the most important towns in Devon.

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