asked the Minister of Transport if he will give the estimated capital expenditure on urban road schemes by the Exchequer and local authorities, respectively, for the years 1956–57 to 1969–70, inclusive.
§ Mr. Marples
Separate information about urban road expenditure, as distinct from expenditure on roads generally, is not readily available.
Although many trunk road and motorway schemes help to relieve urban traffic 210W congestion, most of the important urban schemes relate to classified roads. The following table gives the Exchequer contribution and the local authorities' expenditure on classified roads in England and Wales for each of the years 1956–57 to 1962–63 together with estimated figures for 1963–64.
Year From central funds From local authority funds Total £m. £m. £m. 1956–57 6.1 3.8 9.9 1957–58 8.0 4.5 12.5 1958–59 11.8 6.2 18.0 1959–60 14.7 7.2 21.9 1960–61 16.1 8.7 24.8 1961–62 19.3* 11.1* 30.4* 1962–63 21.7* 12.6* 34.3* Estimated out—turn 1963–64 31.6* 13.4* 45.0* * Provisional figures.
Separate figures for Exchequer contributions and local authority expenditure are not available for later years. However, the total Exchequer contribution on classified roads between 1964–65 and 1968–69 will be well over £250 million and the corresponding local authority figure will b( well over £l00 million. The present five year road programme does not extend beyond 1968–69.