HC Deb 31 March 1960 vol 620 cc167-8W
Mr. Randall

asked the Minister of Transport if he will state the comparative cost of highway repairs and highway building undertaken by local authorities in the years 1939, 1951, and 1959; and if he will give such comparisons in terms of uniform prices.

Mr. Marples

Expenditure on highway works undertaken by local authorities in Great Britain, including work on trunk roads, is set out below. The purchasing power of the £ in 1950 was 49 per cent. and in 1958 36 per cent. of that in 1938. I have no available means of comparing over this period the cost of the many different types of work involved in building and repairing highways.

£ millions
1938–39 1950–51 1958–59
Maintenance, repair and minor improve-ment Charged against local funds* 21.70 30.23 47.47
Payable from Govern-ment funds 10.62 19.91 33.35
Total 32.41 50.14 80.82
Major improvement and new construction Charged against local funds* 8.73 2.58 10.24
Payable from Govern-ment funds 9.37 3.90 31.17
Total 18.10 6.48 41.41
* Including expenditure from loans.

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