HC Deb 21 June 1961 vol 642 c1452
17. Mr. Farr

asked the Minister of Transport if he will revise and reissue Circular 718 of 1955 to highway authorities on the upkeep of roadside verges.

Mr. Hay

Amending Circular, No. 726, was issued in 1956. We have no evidence that there is need for further revision or for a reissue of these circulars, but if my hon. Friend has information showing that the advice given has been ignored, and will let me have details, I will look into the matter.

Mr. Farr

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is increasing evidence that a number of road engineers are unaware of the existence of this circular and are not abiding by it at all? Furthermore, is it not a good idea to have it brought up to date in view of the recent information which the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has obtained in this connection?

Mr. Hay

I have no doubt that adequate publicity will be given to the Question and Answer in this House today on this point, and perhaps that will bring the matter to the notice of highway engineers, if that is necessary. I will look into the second part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question.

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