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Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is (a) the amount of transport supplementary grant he is making available to county councils in local roadbuilding, (b) the amount estimated by his Department to be used in local roadholding from revenue support grant, (c) the amount for local roadbuilding from capital receipts and (d) the amount for local roadbuilding from the community charge; and if he will make a statement.

Transport grant support is given only to eligible (over £5 million) schemes. The amount of grant to be paid in 1990–91 is £26·8 million. The £86·6 million gross capital for roads and transport for 1990–91 which my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State announced on 29 November assumes that authorities will spend £0·6 million of their capital receipts. Revenue support grant is unhypothecated and it is for local authorities to decide their own spending priorities: similarly no estimate is available of the amount for local roadbuilding from the community charge.