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Road Construction Sub-Units (Denationalisation)

Volume 12: debated on Thursday 5 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he has made with the transfer of work from the road construction sub-units to the private sector; and if he will make a statement.

On 13 August my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr. Fowler) announced the final firm of consulting engineers whom he had selected to take on work and staff from a road construction sub-unit. That completed the selection of firms to carry out work which was formerly done by the 16 sub-units on the design and supervision of construction of new motorways and trunk roads.Work is now being transferred to the private sector on road schemes whose total cost is estimated at over £2,000 million. The list of firms and the work they are taking on is as follows:

Sub-Unit schemes from:
Sir William Halcrow & PartnersBuckinghamshire
Brian Colquhoun & PartnersHertfordshire and West Bedfordshire
Maunsell & PartnersEssex and East Bedfordshire
Mott Hay & AndersonHampshire and Kent
W. S. Atkins & PartnersSurrey
Bullen & PartnersDurham
Pell Frischmann & PartnersWest Yorkshire (Kirkhamgate-Dishforth)
Babtie Shaw & MortonWest Yorkshire (Airedale) & Lancashire
John Burrow & PartnersWest Yorkshire (Lincoln Relief Road)
Mander Raikes & MarshallDevon and Somerset
Ove Arup & PartnersWarwickshire (M40, M42, A46)
C. H. Dobbie & PartnersWarwickshire (A435)
Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & PartnersDerbyshire
Sir Owen Williams & PartnersStaffordshire
Ward Ashcroft & ParkmanCheshire.
The transfer of work and staff from the sub-units to the consultants is now in progress. The work of 10 sub-units has already been transferred, and the whole process should be completed by the end of the year.The clearing house, which was set up to look after the interests of the staff, was closed at the end of October. It arranged for offers of employment with consultants to be made to almost all the staff who were working on the schemes that are being transferred.