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Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what her Department’s definition is of a pothole with reference to roads maintained by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) local authorities; (202885)

(2) what statistics her Department collates on the number of potholes in roads.

Statistics on the condition of roads in England and Wales are published annually in the National Road Maintenance Condition Survey Statistics Bulletin. Abrupt changes in the level of the road such as potholes are only one component of the overall condition of the highway and are not separately defined.