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Road Construction Units

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what savings he aims to achieve by his reorganisation and contraction of the road construction units.

The present cost of the road construction units is about £20 million. They employ about 2,400 staff. My aims are to adapt the arrangements for carrying out the trunk road programme to suit its future level, and to give consultants a larger part to play. I hope there will be significant savings in public sector staff costs but the extent of these will not be known until the action study I have announced is complete.

asked the Minister of Transport if he will give an assurance that where redundancies occur as a result of the reorganisation of the road construction unit system, those non-union members of staff affected will be no less favourably considered than those who belong to a union.

Road construction units are staffed jointly by civil servants and by local government officers on secondment from participating county councils. No differentiation is made between union and non-union civil servants when redundancies occur. I cannot of course answer for the local authority staff who have their own terms and conditions of service but I cannot see any reason why county councils should act differently.