Major D. DAVIES
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that the provisional estimates for road maintenance in the county of Montgomery for the year 1920–21 amount to £64,588, of which, on the basis of former distributions of
1053W road grants, only £425 will be received from the Transport Ministry; and whether, in these circumstances, it will be possible to make further provision in order that the necessary road work may be undertaken?
§ Mr. NEAL
I am unable to understand the basis of my hon. and gallant Friend's estimate of £425, as the amount likely to be contributed by the Ministry of Transport to the county of Montgomery towards the cost of road improvement during the coming year. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his Budget statement on April 19th, estimated that, if his proposals were adopted, there would be a net revenue for the Road Fund during the financial year 1920–21 of £6,650,000. If this provision be made by Parliament, it will be possible to make further grants to highway authorities towards the cost of road improvement during the current financial year.