HC Deb 28 June 1920 vol 131 cc61-2W

Mr. R. McNEILL asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether his Department is responsible for the conveyance of military lorries from Richborough to Slough and elsewhere; whether he is aware that for many months there has been a continual traffic of such lorries by road through East Kent by night as well as by day; that the nuisance so caused is intolerable to the inhabitants of villages through which the lorries pass, making sleep impossible. shaking houses to their foundations, and occasioning a plague of noise and dust; whether he is aware that this traffic further involves the constant repair of the local roads at great cost to the ratepayers; and whether, in order to abate the nuisance, he will arrange that lorries or other stores still remaining at Richborough for removal shall be conveyed by sea to the Thames or to the nearest port to their ultimate destination?

Mr. HOPE: So far as the Ministry of Munitions is concerned, no lorries have been towed to Slough since 29th April last, with the exception of one or two workshop lorries whose gauge is too large to enable them to travel by rail.