asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to clean the bridges on the M1 motorway and to remove the graffiti from them.
The removal of graffiti from trunk road bridges, which is an extremely expensive job, is for the local highway authorities to carry out acting as the Department's agents. The normal practice is to remove offensive graffiti quickly. In order to prevent additional lane closures, the treatment of the remainder is deferred until the next maintenance works. No additional action for the M1 motorway bridges is planned at present, but if there is a specific case I hope my hon. Friend will write to me.