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M25 (Defects)

Volume 84: debated on Tuesday 22 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the arrangements for meeting the cost of rectification of defects which have occurred in the concrete carriageway of the Reigate to Leatherhead section of the M25.

Under the provisions of the contract, it is for the Department's consulting engineers, W. S. Atkins and Partners, who are the engineer for the contract, to determine where the responsibility lies. That determination will be binding unless referred to arbitration by the Department or the contractor.I have no contractual powers to impose a timetable on the engineer to produce his determination, although I have explained I would like it to be dealt with expeditiously. This is, however, a complex technical matter which requires thorough investigation and careful consideration.

Grants to Universities and Colleges, etc. for Recurrent Expenditure
General PurposeRestructuring*Overseas Research Student Fees Support SchemeTotal Subhead A1Computers Subhead B2
Aston University14,473,6463,785,60229,86918,289,117141,628
Bath University12,594,543235,65866,85612,897,0571,422,087
Birmingham University36,430,9882,711,92859,63639,202,552322,955
Bradford University14,672,5161,970,94222,38616,665,844147,275
Bristol University28,930,2601,067,85231,61530,029,727213,947
Brunei University12,802,376439,68224,09013,266,148124,963
Cambridge University41,360,648630,28141,990,929509,882
City University12,086,6861,038,69118,48713,143,864112,412
Durham University17,222,910329,37822,50517,574,79398,403
East Anglia University14,707,661854,32419,94415,581,929163,766
Essex University8,230,335544,30340,5128,815,150174,842
Exeter University15,171,8631,557,70811,43216,741,003122,730
Hull University14,198,165754,8554,16214,957,182148,831
Keele University8,465,960560,1362,5819,028,677112,578
Kent University10,260,224834,26724,96311,119,454182,163
Lancaster University13,259,081559,51017,97913,836,570185,080
Leeds University41,329,610732,100167,23642,228,946375,859
Leicester University17,596,203277,3829,78017,883,365144,327
Liverpool University36,931,6681,638,17291,21238,661,052247,097
London University, including its Colleges and Schools237,531,27312,664,718805,334251,001,3255,270,764
Loughborough University of Technology17,632,000295,37528,39117,955,766191,751
Manchester University46,292,283454,03094,46346,840,7762,864,350

I will inform my hon. Friend of the engineer's determination when it is issued.