HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 c1416
6. Mr. James Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what money has been allocated to Lanarkshire County Council for maintenance to roads during the winter period; how this compares with the figure for last year; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Dickson Mabon

Under the Government's arrangements for helping development areas this winter, £75,000 has been allocated to Lanark County Council for additional maintenance work on non-trunk roads. There is no comparable figure for last year, when there were no similar special arrangements. Assistance for road maintenance work by local authorities is normally provided through the rate support grant.

Mr. Hamilton

How do the trunk roads fare this year as compared with last? What does Lanarkshire County Council receive under the special winter programme, as compared with what is payable to other local authorities?

Dr. Mabon

Lanarkshire County Council has fared quite well in its total allocation for maintenance work under the programme compared with Scottish county councils as a whole. My right hon. Friend authorised £241,000 for the county council for normal trunk road maintenance in the financial year 1966–67, and this year he has allocated £214,000, plus the £87,000 for additional trunk road maintenance under the special programme we are discussing.