§ Mr. BENNETT
asked the Minister of Transport if he has received representations from rural district councils on the subject of their non-representation on the Roads Advisory Committee appointed under the Ministry of Transport Act; and if, in view of the fact that these councils administer nearly 100,000 miles of roads, he will give favourable consideration to those representations?
§ Mr. NEAL
The Minister of Transport has received the representations mentioned, and proposes to accede to the request made on behalf of the rural district councils and to add one of their representatives to the Roads Advisory Committee. My right hon. Friend considers it essential, in order to secure the efficiency of the Advisory Committees appointed by him, that they should be small in number, and he does not wish his assent to the present request to be taken as establishing the precedent for exceeding the statutory minimum.