§ Sir G. PENNY
asked the Minister of Transport whether any inquiries have been undertaken to ascertain the relative prices of rubber road-surface material as 1980W against other materials now used; what would be the difference in cost of materials and laying per 100 square feet; and whether he will suggest to local authorities that they should ascertain whether, in view of the additional durability of rubber and anti-vibration qualities, it is a practical proposition to use it where they have heavy traffic?
§ Mr. HERBERT MORRISON
I am informed that the cost of rubber paving blocks very substantially exceeds that of the more expensive types of other suitable paving materials the wearing qualities of which are well known. I explained to the hon. Gentleman on the 17th of June that I do not see my way to urge local authorities to use this particular material.