HC Deb 20 February 1963 vol 672 c429
18. Mr. Small

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the estimated expenditure of £4,100 on road research in 1961–62 was underspent by £1,655.

Mr. Leburn

A sum of £2,500 was provided in the estimate for a test near Beauly of local moraine materials in bituminous surfacings, carried out by Inverness County Council on behalf of the Road Research Laboratory and my right hon. Friend's Department. This work was not completed in time for the cost to be paid in 1961–62; and it was met this year.

Mr. Small

Will the Minister give some information about the delay and the amount of money spent, which seems to be much below the estimate for research of this kind?

Mr. Leburn

It is only a question of money having been carried forward from one year to the next.