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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of roadworks was conducted by (a) utilities, (b) local authorities and (c) the Highways Agency in the last 12 months. [119558]

Comparative figures are not available at this stage. However, we have appointed consultants —Halcrow—to monitor the number of utility works carried out on roads in England. They will be reporting to us later this summer with figures for the period April 2002 to March 2003. Copies of their report will be placed in the Libraries of the House in due course. Copies of their 2001–02 report have already been placed in the House Libraries.