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Road Costs

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he is considering further action which will ensure that local authority expenditure allocations for road construction and repair will be used to their fullest extent.

Provision for new construction has not been underspent since transport supplementary grant was limited to roads capital expenditure in 1985–86. We shall be keeping the position under review.The recent substantial underspend on road maintenance is regrettable. We are looking to highway authorities to set budgets for 1988–89 which more closely reflect provision in the public expenditure survey. In the light of those budgets we shall consider whether further action is necessary and might be effective.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the amount of money made available for roads to (a) the Department of Transport and (b) local authorities in England and Wales for (i) capital expenditure and (ii) repairs; and what was the amount spent in each year from 1978 to 1987.

[holding answer 10 February 1988]: The tables show provision and outturn for national roads (motorways and other trunk roads) and local roads in England. The Secretary of State for Wales is responsible for roads in Wales.

(a) National Roads (Department of Transport)
£ million cash
ProvisionOutturn
1978–79
Capital377327
Current40
1979–80
Capital443402
Current45
1980–81
Capital536472

Provision

Outturn

Current50

1981–82

Capital685557
Current69

1982–83

Capital739672
Current60

1983–84

Capital652641
Current7164

1984–85

Capital724718
Current7l78

1985–86

Capital741734
Current7577

1986–87

Capital812766
Current8193

1987–88

Capital893ֵ
Current83ֵ

ֵ Not available.

Notes:

1. Capital expenditure covers new construction and improvement schemes and structural maintenance. Current expenditure covers routine maintenance of the network. (A different capital/current distinction applies to local roads expenditure.)

2. Because of changes in the structure of the vote, for the years 1978–79 to 1982–83, an accurate allocation of the provision totals between capital and current cannot be made. Separate outturn figures are available.

(b) Local Roads (Local Authorities)

£ million cash

Provision

Outturn

1978–79

Capitaln/a221
Current477505

1979–80

Capital295293
Current591575

1980–81

Capital318354
Current708667

Provision

Outturn

1981–82

Capital344308
Current710793

1982–83

Capital410385
Current799844

1983–84

Capital469437
Current844877

1984–85

Capital482451
Current902907

1985–86

Capital492522
Current972963

1986–87

Capital523538
Current1,1151,072

1987–88

Capital617n/a
Current1,2641,117

Notes:

1. Capital expenditure covers new construction and improvement schemes only. Current expenditure covers all renewal (including structural) and routine maintenance plus road safety. (A different capital/maintenance distinction applies to national roads expenditure).

2. Figures exclude urban programme and car parks.

3. Outturns for 1986–87 remain provisional.

4. Current outturn for 1987–88 is the total of local authority budgets.