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Road Construction Units

Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what additional steps he is taking to reorganise the road construction units following the recommendations and criticisms of the Rayner report.

I propose the planned phasing out of sub-units by the transfer of their work to consultants, who have a larger part to play, and also to agent authorities where the case made by county councils clearly makes good sense. My Department is proceeding with a detailed action study to provide the basis for decisions implementing my policy. I pay tribute to the help given in this work by Sir Derek Rayner.