§ Mr. Gower
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to expedite work on schemes for road improvement in livestock rearing areas.
§ Mr. John Hare
I am arranging to give the highway authorities concerned earlier notice on a long-term basis of the work that may be grant-aided under the Agriculture (Improvement of Roads) Act. 1955. I am consulting these authorities with a view to approving provisionally a long-term programme, the intention being to inform each highway authority by 30th November of the firm allocation for the following financial year. Subject to there being no unforeseen financial or economic difficulties, I hope that all the money available to me138W under the Act will be taken up by approved schemes before the end of December, 1962, the last date for approval of schemes under the Act.