Mr. Gresham Cooke
asked the Minister of Transport if he will give the total estimated commitments outstanding on 31st March last for England and Wales and total estimated new commitments in 1965–66 for England in respect of new construction and major improvements for trunk roads and for classified roads and loans to highway authorities, respectively.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
Outstanding commitments at 31st March, 1965, are provisionally estimated at £285.29 million. The following table shows the breakdown:
£ million Motorways and trunk roads … 208.01 Classified roads (Grants) … 71.52 Classified roads (Loans) … 5.76 285.29
In England in 1965–66 we plan to commit approximately £133 million worth of motorway and trunk road schemes and to issue grants worth approximately £52 million for classified road schemes. We do not plan to authorise any new loans this year.