§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Minister of Transport how many authorities have responded to his circulars Nos. 419 and 420, dealing with road improvements, by submitting proposals as suggested; how many plans have been approved; and what is the approximate cost of the schemes approved?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
The answer to the first part of the question is 229. Pending the final total being struck, the best interim answer which I can give the hon. Gentleman is that I have already approved schemes to be put in hand during the current financial year at a cost of over £9,000,000. This compares with a figure for the corresponding period last year of £4,000,000.