HC Deb 16 June 1920 vol 130 cc1291-2W

asked the Minister of Transport what are the schemes in connection with which a grant of £1,000,000 is made, as shown on page 3, Command Paper 654, Ministry of Transport's Estimates, 1920-21; whether they are grants which are likely to be repaid at any time; and whether they are in connection with schemes under the control of private enterprise or under public control?


The Parliamentary Estimates for the Ministry of Transport, 1920–21, state that the £1,000,000 includes provision for possible assistance to Transport Undertakings in Agricultural and Industrial Areas, and for Transport facilities in connection with Housing Schemes under Section 17 of the Ministry of Transport Act, 1919. Under this sec- tion the Minister of Transport may, subject to the approval of the Treasury, make advances to any authority, company, or person, either by way of grant or by way of loan, or partly in one way and partly in another for (inter alia) the construction, improvement, and maintenance of railways, light railways, or tramways, or the promotion of transport services by land or by water, as defined in Section 30 of the Ministry of Transport Act.