HC Deb 30 November 1948 vol 458 cc169-70W
Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Transport (1) what is the approximate annual cost, to the latest convenient date, of the grant to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Road Accidents; what steps are taken to supervise the Society's activitites; and whether he is satisfied that the grant is justified;

(2) if he will arrange for a representative of his Department to sit on the Executive Committee of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Road Accidents, in view of the fact that a grant is made to this body from the Exchequer.

Mr. Barnes

Present arrangements enable me to exercise a proper influence with the Royal Society over their road safety activities and I see no need for my Department to be represented on their Committee. The Society's estimates of expenditure and their accounts are subject to approval by my Department and the Treasury. The subvention from public funds was £96,000 for 1947–48. I am satisfied that the Royal Society is doing excellent work.