HC Deb 19 April 1967 vol 745 cc561-2
32. Mr. Bidwell

asked the Minister of Transport to what extent public expenditure on roads will increase in the forthcoming financial year.

Mr. Swingler

Total public expenditure—which includes local authority expenditure—on roads in England in 1967–68 is expected to be about 25 per cent. higher than in 1966–67.

Mr. Bidwell

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him to bear in mind the urgent need to make better use of existing road services, especially in grappling with the problem of parking, even at the expense of assisting local authorities and the police more diligently to apply themselves to this problem?

Mr. Swingler

Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend is well aware of the need to solve this problem, even with the expanding road improvement programme. That is why she is setting up a number of authorities and is providing more efficient traffic schemes.

Mr. Bessell

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that even these improvements are totally inadequate to meet Britain's transport needs today? Would he consider the possibility of floating public loans for the purpose of motorway construction?

Mr. Swingler

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend has already dealt with that matter in the transport debate and on other occasions. The question must be related to spending on all other projects. I assure the hon. Gentleman that we do not say that what is being done is adequate, although a substantial increase is going on.

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