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Transport: Expenditure

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the £700 million brought forward for transport spending in 2009-10 on (a) the transport budget for 2010-11 and (b) transport projects planned for 2010-11. (264248)

The £700 million fiscal stimulus package for transport, announced in the pre-Budget report, “Facing global challenges: Supporting people through difficult times” (Cm 7484), has the effect of increasing the Department’s capital departmental expenditure limit (CDEL) for 2009-10 by £700 million, funded through a reduction of the same size in the CDEL for 2010-11.

In terms of the impact on transport projects previously planned for 2010-11, the effect of the fiscal stimulus package is to mean that some will start a year earlier. Some of the financial package, however, represents the earlier use than previously planned of funds that had not yet been allocated to specific projects.