§ 25. Mr. Medland
asked the Minister of Transport whether, having regard to the propaganda value of the achievements of the bombed city of Plymouth in its reconstruction, he will approve road works in the city to enable Festival visitors in 1951 to see a completed programme of reconstruction of a damaged city.
§ Mr. Barnes
I appreciate the desire to complete the programme of road reconstruction in Plymouth in time for the Festival of Britain, especially as Plymouth is one of the official Festival centres. Substantial road grants have already been made in respect of reconstruction works in Plymouth. These will enable visitors to see that considerable progress has been made in making good war damage in the city, but I regret that, in view of the urgent need to restrict capital investment. I do not see any prospect of approving further expenditure on this programme before 1951.