HC Deb 24 October 1916 vol 86 cc983-4W

asked the Home Secretary whether any money has been paid out of Army funds for the repair or any work in connection with the roads in Haverhill, Suffolk, and Newhaven and district in Sussex; and are these roads military roads?


As regards the road at Haverhill, I understand that the War Office agreed to bear 25 per cent. of the cost of the reconstruction which is now being carried out by conscientious objectors under the direction of the Road Board, and that in accordance with this agreement the sum of £ 6,316 has been paid to the county council out of Army funds. The road is a country main road and is not a military road.

Conscientious objectors are employed on the reconstruction of two roads near Newhaven. Both will be county main roads and not military roads. As regards one of them, no part of the cost is being or will be paid out of Army funds. As regards the other, about half the total cost of just over £10,000 will ultimately be paid out of Army funds.


asked the Home Secretary whether conscientious objectors are being employed under the Home Office scheme to carry out work under the Road Board at Newhaven, Seaford Road, and Bury, Haverhill Road, at rates of pay below those current in the district for similar work?


Conscientious objectors are being employed by the Committee on Employment of Conscientious Objectors to carry out work under the Road Board on roads at Newhaven and Haverhill. The Road Board, who are acting as the Committee's agents in the matter, receive from the local authorities the full value at local piece-work rates of the work performed by the men in question.