asked the Minister of Transport whether he is satisfied that the level of capital transport expenditure that he has accepted as eligible for grant for the purposes of the 1980–81 TSG settlement is adequate for carrying out an appropriate county highway construction programme in each of the English counties.
Yes. My right hon. Friend has accepted for grant purposes as much of counties' spending proposals as is consistent with the Government's aim of reducing public spending overall. It is now for counties to decide on appropriate local transport programmes, including road construction, in the light of the resources available to them.