asked the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to his Department's programmes have significantly affected his cash limits for 1978–79.
Provision for investment in ports to meet industrial needs has been increased by £5 million. In addition, the Winter Supplementary Estimates presented on 30th November provide for up to £5 million to be paid by my Department and that of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment towards severance costs for staff and registered dockworkers of the Port of London Authority. The latter forms part of the support for PLA which I announced on 31st July. These additional requirements have been met from provision on the motorways and trunk road was spent on concessionary bus fare support in (a) Gloucestershire, (b) Somerset, (c) Avon, (d) Gwent and (e) Worcestershire in 1977 –78 and 1976–77; and how much was planned for 1978–79.
Details are as follows.Programme which is not required for that purpose. The cash limit for DTp block 2 for roads etc. has accordingly been reduced by £10 million.