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Motorway Grass Verges

Volume 893: debated on Friday 13 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his estimate of the quantity of fuel, the number of man-hours and the total cost that will be expended on cutting the grass verges of motorways and trunk roads in England and Wales this year; and how this compares with the position in 1973.

I regret that separate manpower and fuel costs are not available. The total cost in 1973, including some hedge maintenance costs, was £1·35 million. The estimate for 1975, on present practice, is £1·95 million.