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Volume 173: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is his Department's planned expenditure on road construction and repair for (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the north of England and (c) County Durham in the present financial year.

[holding answer 5 June 1990]: Planned expenditure on trunk road construction and repair in 1990–91 is as follows:

£ million
North of England342·1
County Durham5·2
Figures for any single year are a poor indicator of the geographical balance of the programme. The road programme contains schemes in the north worth £2·9 billion (works cost, November 1987 prices) amounting to one quarter of the total for England. Major improvements to the A167 in County Durham form part of this programme.