HC Deb 30 July 1924 vol 176 cc2089-90W
Lieut.-Colonel J. WARD

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has completed his investigation into the scheme put before him by the County Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent for widening and deepening the waterways from the Mersey to the Potteries, as recommended by the Royal Commission on Canals and Waterways in 1909; and whether he is prepared to support the scheme, financially and otherwise, as a means for securing employment for large numbers of men who will otherwise be idle during the coming winter?


As my hon. Friend is well aware, the proposals outlined by the Stoke Corporation would require Private Bill legislation and could not in any cir- cumstances provide work during this winter. The Government are considering whether they can offer special assistance to canal schemes in connection with a proposal for improving navigation between Birmingham and the Bristol Channel which is more advanced than that referred to in the question. As soon as a decision is reached on this point I will communicate with the Corporation of Stoke-upon-Trent.