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Roads: Construction

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how much capital expenditure his Department has incurred on constructing new roads in each of the last 20 years. (285598)

The following table provides information on net spend on Highways Agency major improvements since 1998-99. Information before this is not readily available due to systems and accounting changes and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Funding (£ million)

1998-99

452

1999-2000

318

2000-01

299

2001-02

424

2002-03

483

2003-04

235

2004-05

317

2005-06

483

2006-07

814

2007-08

759

2008-09

725

Note:

1998-99 to 2000-01 are outturns on a cash accounting basis; figures from 2001-02 onwards are on a resource accounting basis.

On local major road schemes which are promoted by the respective local highway authority, the Department does not hold information in a format which distinguishes expenditure incurred between local major road schemes and local major public transport schemes and this can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.