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Roads

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost to public funds was of a road fatality in the last period for which figures are available. (80199)

The values used to estimate the benefits of the prevention of road accidents and casualties are set out in the “Highways Economic Note No. 1: 2004 Valuation of the Benefits of Prevention of Road Accidents and Casualties” which can be found on the DfT website at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/qroups/dft_rdsafety/documents/divisionhomepage/030 763.hcsp

The average values, based on 2004 casualty data, are £1,384,463 for a fatality and £1,573,217 for a fatal accident. These amounts are the values to be used in the appraisal of road traffic schemes. The casualty figure takes account of lost output (which includes any non-wage payments paid by the employer), medical and ambulance costs and human costs based on willingness to pay values representing pain, grief and suffering. The accident figure is higher because it includes non-casualty specific costs such as the costs of policing, insurance and administrative costs and damage to property, and because on average more than one casualty is involved in each accident.

Included within these values are the costs to public funds for medical, ambulance and police costs (emergency services) which in 2004 averaged at £817 per fatal casualty and £7,076 per fatal accident. In addition some element of the lost output cost would be considered as a cost to public funds.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much central Government funding has been allocated to East Riding of Yorkshire council for road improvements in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement. (80529)

The following table shows the funding allocated to The East Riding of Yorkshire council in the local transport capital settlements since 1997-98. The funding allocation includes the integrated transport block, road maintenance block and approximately £5 million provided in 2004-05 for the replacement of the Dutch River Bridge.

The integrated transport block allocations are available for local authorities to use on road and public transport improvements, according to their local priorities.

East Riding of Yorkshire council

Total funding (£000)

1997-98

1,824

1998-99

856

1999-2000

2,378

2000-01

2,879

2001-02

7,598

2002-03

8,061

2003-04

10,876

2004-05

16,958

2005-06

10,372

In addition central funding support for services, including routine highways services, is provided through revenue support grant. This is not allocated by the Government between individual council services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce (a) the regional funding allocation for the South West and (b) funding for the upgrade of the A358. (81160)

We are currently considering the South West region’s advice on the priority it attaches to the upgrade of the A358 between Ilminster and Taunton and other major transport schemes in the South West. We hope to announce our response to the region’s advice before the parliamentary summer recess.