HC Deb 03 May 1926 vol 195 cc47-8W
Brigadier-General CHARTERIS

asked the Minister of Transport what are the rates levied for roads in the various counties and rating areas in the United Kingdom in 1913, 1918, 1923, and 1925?


I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend statements showing the estimated amounts in the pound of the rates levied for the expenses of highways in the various administrative counties (outside London) in England and Wales, and the several rating areas therein, in the years 1922–23 and 1923–24. Similar particulars for the years 1913 and 1918 are not available, and complete information relating to the year 1924–25 is not yet available. As regards Scotland, the question should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Steretary for Scotland.

Colonel DAY

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that certain local authorities are using sharp granite and flints as a road dressing after tarring operations, which material is injurious to motor tyres; and will he specify to local authorities a grade of tar dressing of such a nature as will prevent such injurious damage?

Colonel ASHLEY

The application of granite chippings and other similar materials as a part of the process of tar-dressing roads is the accepted practice throughout large parts of the country. I am not aware of any "grade of tar-dressing" which would enable local authorities to dispense with gritting materials.