HC Deb 09 September 1909 vol 10 c1632W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the titles of the Reports of the responsible Commissioners who examined into systems in foreign countries similar to that proposed to be set up by the Development Bill which can be obtained in the Library of this House?


I may refer the Noble Lord to a Report on Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Conditions in Denmark, prepared on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland, and published in 1905 (Bulletin No. 7, Miscellaneous Series), and to the Report of the Scottish Commission on Agriculture to Denmark (Blackwood, 1904). I presume that both these Reports can be found in the Library of the House of Commons.


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with regard to the Development and Road Improvement Funds Bill, whether it is intended that expenditure on road improvements should include expenditure by local authorities on the improvement and treatment of road surfaces and on street widenings respectively; and whether grants will be made in relief of the expenditure on works of this nature?


The Road Board are to have power, with the approval of the Treasury, to make advances to highway authorities towards the improvement of existing roads or the construction of new roads, which appear to the Board to be required for facilitating motor traffic. The question whether, in any particular ease, purposes such as those referred to by the hon. Member will come within the meaning of Clause 6 of the Bill will rest with the Road Board.