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Departments: Pendle

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what expenditure is planned to be carried out in Pendle by his Department in each year up to 2010; and if he will make a statement. (120750)

Disaggregated figures at constituency or local level are not available for most of the Department for Transport’s planned expenditure (including for railways and trunk roads).

The local transport capital funding allocations made for Lancashire county council for the years up to 2010-11 are detailed in the following table. The Department does not allocate local transport plan funding to individual constituency areas. It is up to Lancashire county council to determine where it allocates the fund support provided for the county according to its local priorities.

£ million

Lancashire

Integrated transport

Highways capital maintenance

2007-08

11.961

15.681

2008-09

12.583

1

2009-10

13.389

1

2010-11

14.189

1

1 Yet to be allocated and announced

In addition the Department is paying Lancashire county council a grant under the Rural Bus Challenge (RBC) competition for a project that operates in Pendle called the ‘Pendleside Wayfarer’. This received an award of £706,704, part of which has been paid.

The remaining balance of the grant is £368,447 and the planned payments are:

£

2006-07

147,644

2007-08

220,803

The Government provides further financial support for bus services in the locality, including through:

Bus Services Operators Grant, paid by the Department to bus companies;

Revenue Support Grant to Pendle district council (in respect of concessionary fares);

Revenue Support Grant to Lancashire county council (in respect of socially necessary services).

Revenue support grant is provided to a local authority to use for services according to its local priorities and the Government do not identify specific levels of funding to be spent on particular activities, such as supporting bus services.