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Departmental Spending

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent per capita on public transport in (a) the North East region and (b) Hartlepool constituency in each of the last five years. (99853)

The per capita figures for each year shown combine payments to local authorities under the Department’s bus grant schemes (Rural Bus Subsidy Grant, Rural and Urban Bus and Kickstart) and the Department’s funding for capital expenditure on local transport:

£ per capita

North East

Hartlepool

2001-02

7.28

7.40

2002-03

14.57

10.39

2003-04

12.67

5.35

2004-05

11.73

12.11

2005-06

14.32

4.57

In addition, the Department pays Bus Service Operators Grant direct to operators of local bus services; this expenditure is not ascribed to geographical area.

Local authorities also subsidise non-commercial bus services and concessionary fares on local transport from their own resources, including principally Revenue Support Grant from Central Government.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the central Government approved per capita investment in transport has been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region. (100078)

Investment in transport is a matter for local authorities and does not generally require central Government approval, although for some schemes authorities may seek specific additional grant, for example under Section 56 of the Transport Act 1968 or Section 87 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988. In some cases an investment proposal may also require powers which are subject to approval by the Secretary of State.

Available information on local authority per capita spend on services is published as part of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis and can be found at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/377/3B/cm6811_08_Chap_7.pdf.