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Volume 932: debated on Thursday 26 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what is the planned capital expenditure on the construction and improvement of roads and car parks for the current year and the current expenditure on road maintenance, lighting and signalling and on transport administration;(2) what is the planned investment by the surface transport nationalised industries for 1977–78;(3) what is the current level of central and local government subsidies to public passenger transport; and whether he will distinguish between the two.

Following is the information in respect of 1977–78 based on tables 2.6 and 3.1 of Cmnd. 6721:

£ million at 1976 Survey prices
Subsidies and Current Expenditure
Central Government subsidies to public passenger transport (1) (2)354
Local Government subsidies to public passenger transport (3)179
Road maintenance, lighting, signalling and transport administration (4)662
Planned Investment and Capital Expenditure
Investment by nationalised surface transport industries332
Construction and Improvement of Roads and Car Parks632


  • (1) The element of new bus grant includes grant to local authorities which is subsumed within local authority public transport investment in Table 2.6.
  • (2) Excludes bus fuel tax rebate which does not rank as public expenditure.
  • (3) Excludes concessionary fares.
  • (4) Excludes administration of Road Construction Units which is treated as capital expenditure.
  • asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the current amount paid by the Government in (a) new loan grant, (b) fuel tax rebate and (c) transport supplementary grant.

    Following is the information for 1977–78 based on Supply Estimates published in March 1977:

    £ million
    New bus grant49
    Fuel tax rebate51
    Transport supplementary grant255