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Road Building

Volume 987: debated on Friday 27 June 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Bedford, Official Report, 4 June, column 746, why no information is readily available on the provisional outturn for 1979–80 for the following (a) requirements for new schemes proposed to start in 1978–80 costing in excess of £1 million and (b) requirements for other schemes costing less than £1 million each; when he asked for such information to be made available; and if he will publish such information when available in the form requested on 4 June.

The analysis of expenditure carried out for the purpose of monitoring the road programme does not provide information in the form requested. To do so it would be necessary to identify out-turn expenditure on the individual schemes concerned, which would involve more staff time and public expenditure than can be justified.